The Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012 was awarded to a word popularised in the BBC2 satirical policial comedy In The Thick Of It. It hasn’t been accepted into the dictionary yet. They have to wait a few years to see if it will take to the language or just get dropped. Most of the dictionary sites don’t list it because it isn’t really a word yet like tnetennba. There aren’t many definitions that were as descriptive as the one given in the OED’s YouTube clip.
Omnishambles is used to mean any kind of situation which has been mis-managed or mis-handled and is characterised by a series of blunders.It has derivatives for example omnishamblic.
It also has one off or sometimes humorous coinages:
- romnishambles - Mitt Romney’s gaff about not thinking that London was ready to successfully host the 2012 Olympics.
- omnivorshambles - talking about the proposed badger cull in England and Wales.
- scomnishambles - talking about Scotland’s place in the E.U. should it become an independent country.
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