Ominishambles has been named the Oxford word of the year.
Beating other now common words such as mummy-porn and YOLO, the word means “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations”.
Originating from BBC political satire The Thick of It, the word has been applied to a multitude of situations including government PR gaffes and lead to spin-off phrases such as Romneyshambles.
Oxford University Press produces separate British and American winners, with ‘gif’ taking the US crown after the image format’s recent popularity online.
However, winning the Word of the Year does not guarantee a place in the Oxford dictionary. To be included, a word or expressions must provide strong evidence of adoption in everyday language.
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By Shelana Bernadine-Williams
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