The revered Oxford Dictionary has chosen "omnishambles" as the Word of the Year. Defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, with by a string of blunders and miscalculations" --- it is the top term of 2012. Each year the Oxford chooses a word that best reflects the mood of the year.
It's defined as a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations. Omnishambles made it, defeating others including "mummy porn" - the genre exemplified by the best-selling "50 Shades" book series.
This year's American champion is "gif," short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet. Others on the US shortlist were Higgs bosn, superstorm (Sandy) and "nomophobia," the anxiety caused by being without one's mobile phone. All the shortlisted ones have made a splash in 2012.
gif has been recognized for its crucial transition from noun to verb, "to gif" --- to create a gif file of an image or video, and, inevitably, to share it online. Cute kittens, Olympic champions, President Obama - they've all been giffed.