Wed Nov 14, 2012, 04:47 PM
cali (114,904 posts)
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, 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. Cute kittens, Olympic champions, President Obama — they've all been giffed.
I like omnishambles- which I'd not heard before- but gif? How is that a word.
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Wed Nov 14, 2012, 05:03 PM
sharp_stick (13,851 posts)
6. I guess you don't
frequent I can has cheezburger or memebase. They love to create little .gif loops and then use the term gif as a verb when referring to it
Like this one from the election, it's one of my favorites.