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!!!!!