Rishi Sunak's announcement sees Brits coin cheeky general election nickname

Rishi Sunak calls for a general election in the rain
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Prime Minister Rishi Sunak has called a General Election for July 4, making the announcement from No10 Downing Street on the evening of May 22.

In a rain-soaked address to the nation, Sunak said: "Now is the moment for Britain to choose its future."

His declaration set social media abuzz with reactions from Brits, who quickly took to sharing their opinions and a host of humorous memes. But amid the banter and grumbles, a cheeky nickname for the general election emerged, courtesy of Britain's playful internet users.

And while some have taken to the term, others are less than impressed, admitting it makes them 'feel sick.

So what's this new buzzword? Following the Cozzie Livs and the Platty Jubes, we've now been introduced to... the Genny Lex.

As the phrase went viral on X (formerly known as Twitter), the online community didn't hold back in expressing their thoughts about it, with much of the feedback being less than flattering.

One user expressed their dismay: "Seen someone refer to the General Election as "genny lex", I actually hate this country."

Another shared their discomfort: "I've just seen the #generalelection called genny lex, and now I need a lie down!" While another commenter pleaded: "Just someone call the general election the genny lex. Please stop."

Echoing the sentiment, someone else added: "Stop trying to make genny lex happen! It's not going to happen."

While another remarked: "Just heard the term Genny Lex for the first time, which simultaneously made me feel sick and also tbh quite impressed me. I love that as a nation we're keeping this Lingy Trad going."

Meanwhile, a further person quipped: "Genny Lex sounds like someone who came 6th on Love Island, didnt get any brand deals and now peddles crystals on TikTok Live."

Yet, some Brits are all for it, as one said: "It has come to my attention not everyone is aware of the term 'Genny lex'. This is completely unacceptable and must be rectified immediately." The sentiment was shared by others, with remarks such as: "Genny Lex. I really like that." and "Happy Genny Lex season."

In his address, Sunak highlighted that Britain has 'battled through the most challenging times since the Second World War' over the past five years.

He declared to the public: "Over the next few weeks, I will fight for every vote. I will earn your trust. And I will prove to you that only a Conservative government led by me will not put our hard-earned economic stability at risk, can restore pride and confidence in our country, and with a clear plan and bold action that will deliver a secure future for you, your family and our United Kingdom."