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Oxford chooses ‘omnishambles’ as word of the year

LONDON — Britain’s media are in a meltdown and its government is gaffe-prone, so Oxford Dictionaries has chosen an apt Word of the Year: ‘‘omnishambles.’’

Oxford University Press on Tuesday crowned the word — defined as ‘‘a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations’’ — its top term of 2012.

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