Omnishambles – The Oxford English Dictionaries’ Word of the Year by Angela Caldin

Whichever way you look at it, it’s an omnishambles! The Oxford Dictionaries’ word of the year is omnishambles. Oxford University Press has pronounced the word as its top term of 2012, defining it as ‘a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations’. We can only suppose that the word’s popularity reflects the general feeling of chaos and confusion in our society today, from meltdown at the BBC to the government’s repeated U-turns over policies and the embarrassing behaviour of various ministers. It’s not surprising that… Read More