When the Oxford English Dictionary announces the English word of the year.
The OED announced yesterday, that the word selected for 2012 is omnishambles.
According to the OED, an omnishambles is a situation that has been managed badly (mismanaged), in a series of constant blunders and miscalculations.
How wonderful! I’ve never used this word personally and like many other words in our dictionary, just may never use. I’m determined to try to use it though.
It stems from the prefix omni meaning all and shambles (a word I have used many times). Shambles is interesting as it’s clearly a plural noun yet we use it in the singular. It’s an informal way of describing something is in a mess or state of disorder.
As in… Gary sighed, once again his room was a complete shambles with papers, books, socks and all manner of things seemingly scattered on every available surface. (not true) das Zimmer glich einem Schlachtfeld!
Seemingly they use it in German too.
Amongst other words considered the acronym YOLO! How lovely… You Only Live Once. You’d use this to perhaps endorse and support something unusual, exciting, daring or just crazy (but cool). Officially YOLO is defined as being typically used as a rationale or endorsement for impulsive or irresponsible behaviour!
My personal fave has to be Nomophobia! You need to look this one up for yourself.
Are you a nomophobe? Do you know anyone who you suspect is nomophobic?
Have fun all.