Brexit has surely caused a lot of trouble in the past years and, ultimately, what started as a halfhearted attempt at a sense of liberation from the EU, is now headed to be one of the biggest catastrophes the country has seen in a while.
And it gets only so much worse considering they, etymologically, only had the choice between Remain and, well, Remain, but that will become clearer a little further down the road. Let's first consider how entangled Britain is with their European fremenies and how much they have "stolen" from them in the past centuries - it apparently goes both ways, dear Leave Campaigners. Language is a perfect method to prove how we've all grown together and how, despite all our differences, we share a similar code, one way or another.
But let's recapture. The Germanic tribes Saxons and Angles invaded the Celts and British Island and brought most words of the English language like "begin", "bed", "chamber", "do", "make" and so on and so forth with them. Where would the British stand if such exposure to other cultures got cut off? What if the German diaspora reclaimed the words, the "emigrants" stole from them so many centuries ago? Even "help" comes from German roots, so better check everything is alright, Britain, or you might not be able to even ask for help anymore.
If it only stopped at German, but, of course, it doesn't. Shortly after, the Vikings brought words like "sky" or "skirt" with them, and even though Britain may survive without either of the one, the confusion between "heaven" used as "sky" may raise some eyebrows - and not to forget that "heaven" has Germanic roots, so that's off the table now too.
How about your precious "parliament" where you seemingly cannot get one deal get done these days anymore? That word may be reclaimed by the French, actually, as may "government", "crinoline" (OK, you could supposedly live without that) or "royal". And of course all your food - pork, mutton, beef, all are from French vocabulary. Well, at least you'll have chicken and lamb left. Oh wait, "chicken" derives from the German word "Küken" (a fluffy, yellow baby chick, by the way) and lamb also goes back to the German language - oh dear what will be left of you!
But don't despair just yet, people of Britain - you may not know, but actually you voted to remain in the EU. Remember the Leave Campaign? Leave the EU! Leave! Leave! etc. Well, it may be of interest to know that the word "leave" derives from the Germanic root "laibjanan" and became "laefan" in Old English. Incidentally, "laefan" actually means "to remain, be allowed to stay". Phew, apparently the past two years were merely a linguistic misunderstanding then. The root actually transformed into the modern German word "bleiben", which literally translated into modern English means, tada, "remain".
So, etymologically seen, the only choice you had was between Remain and Remain - and you still somehow got it wrong. But consider you simply cannot "distangle" yourself from the EU and your European brothers and sisters - we shall be forever connected by this little thing called language. And remember, if it wasn't for all the French, Vikings and German tribes visiting your little island, the few words you'd have left would be the ones of Celtic origin like "ass", "brat", "coomb" or "basket" - sounds like promising conversations.
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