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Omnishambles, selfie, twerk and digital detox make it into Oxford Dictionary


By Jennifer Faull, Deputy Editor

August 28, 2013 | 1 min read

Omnishambles, first uttered by The Thick of It’s Malcolm Tucker (aka Peter Capaldi) during one of his foul-mouthed rants, has been added to the Oxford Dictionaries online alongside other words like twerk, selfie, unlike, phablet and digital detox.

Defined as "a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterised by a string of blunders and miscalculations," Omnishambles was voted the word of the year by the Oxford English Dictionary last year.

Twerk has been defined as a verb meaning to "dance to popular music in a sexually provocative manner involving thrusting hip movements and a low, squatting stance." For further clarification The Drum suggests you check out Miley Cyrus' VMAs performance.

Others to make it include: TL:DR, explained as “too long, didn't read: used as a dismissive response to a lengthy online post, or to introduce a summary of a lengthy post”, food-baby, double-denim, and Fomo (fear of missing out).


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