The Oxford English Dictionary has named the word of the year: omnishambles. It is made up of ‘omni’ which means ‘every’ and ‘shambles’ which means ‘a total mess’. So if you describe something as an omnishambles, it means that it is a complete and utter disaster from every possible angle. The word became popular because of a TV show about a group of fictional politicians. It was soon used by real-life politicians and even mutated to ‘Romneyshambles’ to describe gaffes made by US presidential candidate Mitt Romney during his visit to the UK.
Read by Heather, Easi English (Southern English accent)
Study the wordsMade up of – composed of Mess– disorder, confusion Utter– total Fictional– invented Real-life– not fictional Mutated– transformed Gaffes– embarrassing mistakes, blunders
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- Malcolm Tucker’s ‘Omnishambles’ Named Word Of The Year (contactmusic.com)