Oxford University Press — publishers of the Oxford dictionary — has declared “omnishambles” as their British word of the year, meaning “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations;” e.g. “The Eurozone is in an omnishambles.”
For the American word of the year, Oxford selected “gif,” short for graphics interchange format, a common format for images on the Internet. They opted to recognize this once techy noun for making the leap to verb, glorious verb, as in, “Did you see Romney gif it up at the RNC?” (For a hilarious glossary of GIFs, go here).
I have four more words that haven’t yet made the dictionary, but should…
1. GRIPTION. A mix of grip and friction. As in, “I can’t get enough gription on this sealed canning lid.” This one was invented by our friend Grigg.
2. GROOBLE. An enticing crumb or piece of food left over on a plate. As in, “there’s a grooble of chocolate cake here if you want it.” Invented by my friend Eric’s mom. Eric explained this word to me in the 90s and I’ve been using it ever since…especially now that I am a mom. Toddlers and groobles go hand in hand.
3. SNICKLE. Related to grooble — a small bite of something. As in, “Can I have a snickle of that chocolate cake?” Also invented by my friend Eric’s mom and commonly heard in my house.
4. OPTICAL DELUSION. Characterized by visually perceived images that differ from reality and sanity; seeing things as you want them to be, not as they really are. As in, “Is that super model making eyes at me?” “Please. You’re having another one of your optical delusions.”