I’m thrilled that the Oxford English Dictionary names the ‘word of the year’. The thought of a group of word specialists discussing the merits of different new words they’ve heard this year has kept me entertained for months. Omnishambles is this year’s UK word. It is defined as:
a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations
Here are example situations where I might use this word in everyday converstion:
- even an omnishambles could not have produced a lasagne of such disastrous proportions
- climate change was blamed for the public transport omnishambles
- we christen this baby ‘omnishambles’
The Oxford dictionary chooses a different new word for American English. This year they chose GIF (Graphics Interchange Format). A much more sensible word that’s a tad less fun. I can’t imagine actually using GIF’s creatively in my normal conversation (though I have some fun GIF’s on Sparkle).