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Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year
Associated Press ^ | November 13, 2012 | JILL LAWLESS

Posted on 11/14/2012 12:02:48 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper

LONDON (AP) — Britain's media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: "omnishambles."

Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations" — its top term of 2012.

Each year Oxford University Press tracks how the English language is changing and chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year. The publisher typically chooses separate British and American winners. This year's American champion is "gif," short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet.

The editors said gif was being recognized for making the crucial transition from noun to verb, "to gif": to create a gif file of an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event. And, inevitably, to share it online.

(Excerpt) Read more at google.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; United Kingdom
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1 posted on 11/14/2012 12:02:53 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations"

Sounds like "Obamanation" to me...

2 posted on 11/14/2012 12:07:14 PM PST by Old Sarge (We are officially over the precipice, we just havent struck the ground yet...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

“obamashambles.”

“an administration that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations”


3 posted on 11/14/2012 12:07:57 PM PST by Stormdog (A rifle transforms one from subject to Citizen)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

I would go so far as to say that this would could be applied to a majority of the leaders in today’s world.

Obama has been criminally incompetent.


4 posted on 11/14/2012 12:08:22 PM PST by rarestia (It's time to water the Tree of Liberty.)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

omnishambles - “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations”

obamashambles - “a situation that has been purposely mismanaged to advance an unrelated agenda, characterized by a string of deaths, suffering, bankruptcy and failures”


5 posted on 11/14/2012 12:13:02 PM PST by kidd
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Linki no worki.


6 posted on 11/14/2012 12:15:19 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year
7 posted on 11/14/2012 12:18:00 PM PST by Berlin_Freeper (There goes the dominoes...)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
"Omnishambles" is clunky and doesn't flow at all---I don't think I'll be using this term.

Over in yurrup, they often use the term 'carambolage' for such events and I occasionally use that word but I usually just say 'clusterf**k' when need be.

8 posted on 11/14/2012 12:18:30 PM PST by Cruising Speed
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Interesting. It must work where you are. Where I am Google displays this:

503. That’s an error.

The service you requested is not available at this time.

Service error -27. That’s all we know.


9 posted on 11/14/2012 12:20:20 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Well, if that’s what “to gif” means, then FR has been giffing all over the place without knowing that is what it was called.

But omnishambles is as good a word as any for the condition of Washington, D.C.


10 posted on 11/14/2012 12:22:02 PM PST by HiTech RedNeck (How long before all this "fairness" kills everybody, even the poor it was supposed to help???)
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To: Revolting cat!

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-politics-20309441


11 posted on 11/14/2012 12:40:22 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Highly appropriate, and perfectly descriptive of what America has become, and will continue to become, over the next four years.


12 posted on 11/14/2012 1:03:54 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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To: tomkat

Omnishambles is taken from an absolutely brilliant BBC political comedy called ‘The Thick of It’.

This being Britain, we often find ourselves drawing on comedy to explain our experiences in the real world.


14 posted on 11/14/2012 3:21:12 PM PST by Mitch86
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To: Mitch86
Thanks very much for the pointer, Mitch !

I watch lots more Brit TV than the dreck we get over here, esp. documentaries.

Just found 'Thick' on usenet and hope to be having a sample or two tomorrow .. cheers !

15 posted on 11/14/2012 5:54:10 PM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: tomkat

Be warned, its brilliant, BUT the main character (played fantastically by Scottish actor Peter Capaldi) swears in every sentence.

He gets away with it because the character is clearly based on Tony Blair’s notorious bully of a right hand man, Alastair Campbell.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alastair_Campbell
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Thick_of_It


16 posted on 11/15/2012 3:11:04 AM PST by the scotsman (i)
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To: Berlin_Freeper

bfl


17 posted on 11/15/2012 3:19:09 AM PST by Skooz (Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us Gabba Gabba we accept you we accept you one of us)
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To: the scotsman; Mitch86

Thanks for that ! :-)

I’ve been known to let a few choice ones fly on occasion too (see above ;-), so no worries .. lol

Managed to d/l the series overnight , and am looking forward to getting ‘stuck in’.


18 posted on 11/15/2012 5:35:19 AM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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To: tomkat

Please let me know how you find it. I personally can’t recommend it enough. But would be interested to find out how it translates over the pond! Especially with some of the references

Warm regards
Mitch


19 posted on 11/15/2012 8:59:29 AM PST by Mitch86
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To: Berlin_Freeper

Somehow my company name was left out of the definition... ;-)


20 posted on 11/15/2012 9:03:30 AM PST by Wyatt's Torch (I can explain it to you. I can't understand it for you.)
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To: Mitch86
I hadn't forgotten, just a bit busy getting Christmas orders made.

Having been partial to Brit tv for a lot of years (esp. docus) I didn't have much trouble with the reference minutiae, tho that's not likely to be the case for the uninitiated.

From the first few episodes viewed to date, I've found it mainly enjoyable, in a teeth-gritting sort of way .. lol !

Were I directing it however, I'd have dialed back both the mania and the gratuitous profanity just a bit.
Don't get me wrong, on a bad day in the shop the air has a perceptible blue-streaked tinge !
But I'd guess that the show's inclusion thereof prolly distracted many that would otherwise have enjoyed it more.

But all in all, I thank you for the recommendation, and will undoubtedly watch the rest of it.
And just for the record, one of my top five series of all time, and the one that got me hooked on Brit tv, is All Creatures Great and Small.
Perhaps hard to believe of such a heathen as me, but there you have it !

lol

cheers from PA,
Tom

21 posted on 11/27/2012 8:34:43 AM PST by tomkat (a million tiny cuts .. add yours daily .. be creative)
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