Word of the Year

The American version of the Oxford Dictionary has chosen “GIF” (the verb) as the Word of the Year for 2012. The noun GIF has been around for 25 years, and it is an acronym for graphics interchange format, which is a format for images. Many of you store and view photographs as GIFs. The verb GIF means to “to create a GIF file of (an image or video sequence, especially relating to an event).”

The British version of the Oxford Dictionary has chosen “omnishambles” as 2012’s Word of the Year. Omnishambles is a noun and its definition is “a situation that has been comprehensively mismanaged, characterized by a string of blunders and miscalculations”. A contender to omnishambles was the word “YOLO,” which is the acronym for “you only live once”.