“Omnishambles” beats out Olympic contenders for Oxford Dictionary’s new Word of the Year

Excellent news, guys. Today the Oxford University Press revealed its new words for the year, and the top term of 2012 is something that I will enjoy saying from now until my vocal cords wither.

Omnishambles: “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations” (see: BBC Newsnight)

Uses: Complete and utter omnishambles! We are in a state of omnishambles! Omnishambles has taken hold!

Omnishambles beat out three Olympic terms popularized by the London Games this past summer: “to medal”, “Games Maker”, and “the Mobot.” It had it’s own Olympics moment, however, because according to Susie Dent (excellent name), an Oxford University Press lexicographer (these words!): “a notable coinage coming from the word is ‘Romneyshambles’ — a derisive term used by the British press after U.S. presidential candidate Mitt Romney expressed doubts about London’s ability to host a successful Olympics.”

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to slip omnishambles into a casual conversation today. And really everyday. Oh, just shout it from the rooftops like an NBA announcer.

And now…the #1 Oxford draft pick of 2012…coming in at 4 syllables and just over 11 letters…OMNIIIII…SHAMBLESSSS!!!!!


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