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The Oxford English Dictionary has the neologism (new word) "omnishambles" as its Word Of The Year for 2012. The OED's blog this recent addition to the English vocabulary as "a situation that has been comprehensively , by a string of blunders and miscalculations". It is a noun and is informally. The word is a combination of the prefix "omni," which means "in all ways" or "of all things," and "shambles," which "a state of total disorder from every possible angle". The word was first in 2009 in a BBC political comedy but to prominence earlier this year after it was used to the British government by at least eight politicians in the British Parliament.

Other words in Oxford's top ten "Eurogeddon" - the financial collapse in Europe - and "second screening" – to watch television and a device such as an iPad simultaneously. The texting acronym "YOLO" – you only live once - also it onto the list. Oxford said there was no guarantee omnishambles would be to its dictionary. It said the word first had to " the test of time". Oxford its Word Of The Year "to the ethos of the year and its potential as a word of cultural significance". Past winners include "podcast," "carbon footprint" and "credit crunch". This year's American winner is "gif" – the format extension of many images on the Internet.

 


 
 

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