The Oxford English Dictionary has determined that "omnishambles", referring to situations shambolic in all possible respects, is word of the year. Coined by Armando Iannucci for BBC political comedy The Thick Of It, it has since been used in Britain's real-life parliament to refer to real-life omnishambles. [BBC]

10 Responses to “Omnishambles is word of the year”

  1. noahmckinnon says:

    The end state of the zombie apocalypse

  2. welcomeabored says:

    Peter Capaldi… so hot.

  3. Sekino says:

    So it basically means ‘clusterfuck’, is every bit as much fun to say AND can be uttered in front of kids?

    I’m trying so hard not to make this my new username everywhere.

  4. Lobster says:

    It’s not a bad word.  Certainly better than “frenemy.”

  5. hard to believe our country had george w bush and we couldn’t produce this word.

  6. Samuel Slaton says:

    And of course the Oxford American Dictionary gave it to GIF. I’d like to see that used in Congress.

  7. tavie says:

    Yeah, Rob, you missed the real story – GIF is the US word of the year.

    The UK gets a way better word and it’s not fair and for the record, I voted for “Frankenstorm”. :P

  8. More like Romneyshambles.

  9. duncancreamer says:

    I don’t even understand this word. What does additional information “Omnishambles” impart that “Shambles” didn’t already?

    It sounds to me like they’re just trying to create controversy to sell more of their old-fashioned-wiki-style books. 

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