GIF Named US Word Of The Year, Britain's Omnishambles

November 13, 2012


'GIF' (graphic interchange format) was officially named the US word of the year by the Oxford Dictionary, while Britain's was 'omnishambles'. Both are terrible decisions and I demand a recount. RECOUNT OR I'M MOVING TO CANADA. "Do it." MAYBE I WILL. "Do it." MAYBE I WILL. "DO IT." I'm too lazy to go anywhere, I just like complaining. An explanation of the winners and some depressing bronze medal finishers:

Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word [omnishambles] -- defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations" -- its top term of 2012.

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.

Europe's financial crisis lent the shortlisted word "Eurogeddon," while technology produced "second screening" -- watching TV while simultaneously using a computer, phone or tablet -- and social media popularized the acronym "YOLO," you only live once.

I mean, I guess I should just be thankful that YOLO didn't win because if it did I would have officially called it quits on life. One time my buddy yelled YOLO and tried peeing off my balcony and I punched him so hard he probably wished you only live zero times. Then I called the police and told them a man on drugs had broken into my apartment. They came and arrested him and took him to jail and everything. Hey -- if you want life experiences, I'll give you life experiences.

Thanks to Pyrblaze and liz, who both expressed sadness peen didn't make the list. Nobody more than me guys, nobody more than me.

  • monkeyspinach

    I'm from Britain and I've never heard of the word "Omnishambles" until I read this article.

  • Bing Chandler

    Watch 'The Thick of It' on iPlayer, it's about the only word Malcolm Tucker says that's fit for a family audience. Also maybe read a paper occasionally...

  • monkeyspinach

    I'd imagine that any paper that uses the word "Omnishambles" isn't a particularly dependable source of information anyway...Not that I'm saying Geekologie is.

  • Bing Chandler

    The papers were only using it because every Labour politician had a sudden urge to prove how meta they were by throwing omnishambles into every second sentence.

  • Excuse me! Why are there ANY comments after Matthew Bearry's?

  • This .gif represents some omnishambles, it shows that this cat really hates the water (of this physical therapy?).

  • jamie

    That cat is hypnotizing.

  • jimmy

    Where are they getting these crappy words from? Ive never heard of any of them.
    And why weren't Shlong, or Sharted, or Shenus made into winners? These words are used ALOT more then any of those crappy entries.

  • $18922249

    I suggest that we add 'alot' to the dictionary, while we are at it.


  • dmilly

    What's wrong with Omnishambles?

  • And people.. it's pronounced "Jif" not "Giff"

  • jamie

    It's Geoff.

  • Jason Beson

    If it's pronounced "Jif" ... wouldn't it be spelled Jif?

  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    Choosy grammar nazis choose jif

  • No

  • GreyGanado

    It's pronounced Gee I Eff.

  • luxlucetintenebris

    YOLO - Carpe Diem for stupid people

  • Pyrblaze

    But, but that kitty might say YOL9T -bad: you only live 9 times.
    Epic GIF, Gee-Dub

  • inconspicuous


  • Captain Matticus, LP Inc.

    I haven't even read the article. The gif sold me.

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