Word Of The Year Named: The 2012 UK Word Of The Year Is “Omnishambles”

By on Nov 13, 2012 in Announcement, Europe, World Comments
Omnishambles UK Word of the Year 2012
Omnishambles UK Word of the Year 2012
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The Word of the Year is being named each year by the Oxford Dictionaries. They are announcing two winners, one for the US and the other one is for UK.

“In most years, 2012 included, the UK and US dictionary teams choose different Words of the Year. Each country’s vocabulary develops in different ways, according to what is happening both culturally and in the news, and as such the Words of the Year are usually different,” as quoted from Oxford’s website.

As posted earlier, the Word Of The Year for US is GIF which defined by Oxford’s as a “verb to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event.”

Meanwhile, the 2012 UK Word Of The Year is “omnishambles” defined as “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations.”

“Coined by the writers of the satirical television program The Thick Of It, an omnishambles is a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, and is characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations,” as quoted from Oxford’s press release.

According to the press release, the word “omnishambles” was chosen because it has been applied to many events over the last 366 days from government PR blunders to the crisis-ridden preparations for the London Olympics.

Below is the shortlist of other candidates in no particular order:

  • Eurogeddon – referring to the potential financial collapse of those European countries that have adopted the Euro.
  • Green-on-blue – a military phrase denoting an attack made on one’s side by forces that are seen as being neutral.
  • Games Maker – the name given to thousands of Olympic volunteers who ensured that the games progressed smoothly.
  • Mobot – a characteristic gesture as performed by the British long-distance runner Mo Farah on winning his events.
  • To Medal – not a new term itself but given a new lease of life this year.
  • Mummy P0rn – literature appealing to young women, the genre exemplified by the best-selling 50 Shades book series
  • Pleb – an ordinary person, especially one regarded as being of low social status.
  • Second screening – watching television while simultaneously using a second technological screen device.
  • YOLO – an acronym of the phrase “you only live once.”

The Word of the Year was selected by a team made up of lexicographers and consultants to the dictionary team, and editorial, marketing, and publicity staff.



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