Sitcom insult enters Oxford dictionary

Malcolm Tucker character in 'The Thick of It'

"Omnishambles" has been named the word of the year in Britain after it was coined by the BBC political satire 'The Thick of It'.

Dictionary publishers, Oxford University Press, define it as a badly mismanaged situation, made worse by a series of blunders.

The word gained global attention this summer when it was tweaked to 'Romneyshambles' after a series of gaffes by the US Presidential challenger on his visit to the UK.

British Opposition leader Ed Miliband even used it in parliament, when describing recent policies of Prime Minister David Cameron.

"Over the past month we have seen the charity tax shambles, the churches tax shambles, the caravan tax shambles and the pasty tax shambles, so we are all keen to hear the Prime Minister’s view on why he thinks, four weeks on from the Budget, even people within Downing street are calling it an omnishambles Budget," he said.

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