Tag: The Thick of It

'Omnishambles' is the Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012

The Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012 is ‘omnishambles’

Today, OUP announced their Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012. Fiona McPherson was one of the lexicographers on the judging panel, and here are her reflections on the shortlist. A common misconception about the work of a lexicographer is that we sit around in the manner of a cabal each week and argue […]

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Thick with meaning: 6 UK political terms explored

Journalists love comparing plotlines in Armando Iannucci’s political satire The Thick of It to real-life political events, and sometimes life has even imitated art: politicians picked up and popularized the word ‘omnishambles’, first used by foul-mouthed The Thick of It character Malcolm Tucker. The word has even spawned further coinages: Romney-shambles, in reference perceived gaffes made […]

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