‘Omnishambles’ is word of the year

The word- meaning a situation which is shambolic from every possible angle- was devised by the writers of BBC political satire The Thick of it in 2009.

Fiona McPherson, from the judging panel, said: “It was a word everyone liked, which seemed to sum up so many of the events over the last 366 days in a beautiful way.

“It’s funny, it’s quirky, and it has broken free of its fictional political beginnings, firstly by spilling over into real politics, and then into other contexts.

Other words to appear in the shortlist included ‘mummy-porn’, the term coined for the genre inspired by the novel 50 Shades of Gray, and ‘the Mobot’- long distance runner Mo Farah’s victory celebration.