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  • n. A situation that is bad or mismanaged in every way.


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omni- +‎ shambles. Coined by the television show The Thick of It in 2009.


  • The omnishambles at the Ministry of Defence is such that, astonishingly, it may have supplanted the Home Office as the government department least fit-for-purpose.

    The Chopper Wars

  • The outwardly crisp style of government it satirised has descended into a very public ‘omnishambles’.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • Labour have, in the lingo of the The Thick of It, a major omnishambles on their hands.

    The Coffee House | Politics and News Discussion Forum

  • Just as Gordon Brown’s unpopularity cannot be ascribed solely to the economy, so the public’s contempt for the Westminster omnishambles extends beyond expenses.

    Gordon Brown, Charlie Whelan and Me

  • In this afternoon’s Queen Speech debate (quite how our esteemed representatives can spend two days debating seven minutes worth of platitudes is beyond me), the Health Secretary, Andy Burnham, described the Tories’ shambolic health policies as an ‘omnishambles’ - very ‘hip’ phraseology stolen from an Armando Ianucci penned Malcolm Tucker rant.

    Smoking Guns and the Morality of Parliamentary Privilege


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  • the worthless word for the day is: omnishambles

    omni-, all + shambles

    Brit. a situation that has been comprehensively

    mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders

    and miscalculations; a complete screw-up in all areas

    "'Omnishambles' is the word they are using in Downing

    Street these days to describe the series of self-

    inflicted political disasters that have engulfed the

    prime minister, David Cameron, and his coalition


    - Independent, Dec. 07 2012

    "Today Oxford University Press announces omnishambles

    as Oxford Dictionaries UK Word of the Year 2012.

    Originally used in the British political comedy

    television series The Thick of It, omnishambles has

    gained momentum throughout 2012 as a word used to

    describe a comprehensively mismanaged situation,

    characterized by a shambolic string of blunders."

    - OxfordWords blog, 13 Nov. 2012

    December 18, 2012

  • A major snafu. Apparently a term popularised by a British tv program.

    November 13, 2012