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A world of words


I have always envied -and enjoyed- the creativity of British people to play with their language producing new words all the time. Terms in which you can appreciate their sense of humour, and that are instantly used in and out of their frontiers.

Recently, OMNISHAMBLES has been named Word of the Year by the Oxford English Dictionary.The word was coined in 2009 by the writers of BBC political satire The Thick of It.

“It is a word everyone liked, which seemed to sum up so many of the events over the last 365 days in a beautiful way” , commented one member of the jury. Apart from that , omnishambles has produced new related words as “Romneyshambles”, used to describe gaffes by US presidential candidate Mitt Romney.

Other shortlisted words were:

 “Eurogeddon” , meaning the threatened financial collapse in the eurozone.

 “Mummy porn” , a genre inspired by the 50 Shades books.

“Green-on-blue” , military attacks by forces regarded as neutral, such as when members of the Afghan army or police attack foreign troops .

The London Olympics help to include  “to medal”Larsen medaled in 4th place in the 3,200 meter run– , “Games Maker” , the name given to the Olympic volunteers , and “the Mobot”, distance runner Mo Farah’s victory celebration.

 “Second screening”, watching TV while simultaneously using a computer, phone or tablet .

“Yolo”, You Only Live Once, popularised by social media.

“Pleb”, police officers in Downing Street. (BBC News)


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This entry was posted on 19/11/2012 by in Languages, Trends.
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