Oxford chooses 'omnishambles' as word of the year
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, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations" - its top term of this year.
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.