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    omnishambles

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (OM-ni-sham-buhlz)

    MEANING:
    noun: A situation that is a complete mess, especially when resulting from mismanagement.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Latin omni- (all) + shambles (a state of great disorder). The word was coined by writer Tony Roche in The Thick of It (video, 2 sec.), a satirical television series about the inner workings of the British government. Earliest documented use: 2009. Some related terms are dumpster fire and clusterfυck.

    USAGE:
    “The Sudanese pound lost more than 50% of its value between 2011 and 2015. Iran, an economic omnishambles itself, offered no succour.”
    General Agreement; The Economist (London, UK); Oct 31, 2020.




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    IMO it doesn’t seem to be necessary. Saying or typing the word “shambles” in and of itself seems to be adequately strong without any help.

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    Quote Originally Posted by leikec View Post
    IMO it doesn’t seem to be necessary. Saying or typing the word “shambles” in and of itself seems to be adequately strong without any help.

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    SNAFU is shorter.
    I do like omnishambles though.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    The poet does not reside in you, sir.
    He occasionally resides, but he’s generally bitchy and bad tempered…

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    I prefer FUBAR. It has a certain poetic insouciance.

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    ^ Word!

    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    The poet doth not reside in you, sir.
    ftfy

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    I knew that shambles related to butchers, as there is a street in York called the Shambles where the butchers used to work.

    Following the link in the OP tells us that the word derives from scamnum (stool, bench), and became a reference to butchery as the carcases were laid on a bench to be gutted and jointed, a very messy process.
    Aren't words fun.
    It really is quite difficult to build an ugly wooden boat.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Durnik View Post


    ftfy
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    So one nuanced degree better than a complete fustercluck, or do orders of magnitude of badness exist between the two?

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    nitch

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (nich)

    MEANING:
    noun: A notch or a small cut.
    verb tr.: To make a small cut or notch.


    ETYMOLOGY:
    Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of niche. Earliest documented use: noun: 1726; verb: 1880.

    USAGE:
    “‘With a nitch in it,’ she added, referring to the dimple at its crest.”
    Oxford S. Stroud; To Yield a Dream; NewSouth Books; 2002.

    “I engraved, or nitched, on the broad end of the oar.”
    Jack London; The Star Rover; Macmillan; 1915.


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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    nitch

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (nich)

    MEANING:
    noun: A notch or a small cut.
    verb tr.: To make a small cut or notch.


    ETYMOLOGY:
    Of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of niche. Earliest documented use: noun: 1726; verb: 1880.

    USAGE:
    “‘With a nitch in it,’ she added, referring to the dimple at its crest.”
    Oxford S. Stroud; To Yield a Dream; NewSouth Books; 2002.

    “I engraved, or nitched, on the broad end of the oar.”
    Jack London; The Star Rover; Macmillan; 1915.


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    folkmoot

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (FOK-moot)

    MEANING:
    noun: A general assembly of the people of a town, city, county, etc.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From Old English folcmot, from folc (folk) + mot (moot). Earliest documented use: 1513.

    USAGE:
    “In cases of dispute the folkmoot decides who is worthiest to succeed.”
    Patricia Wright; I Am England; Bodley Head; 1987.


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    I seem to remember there was a fishambles in Norwich, so not just meat.
    Shambolic is a word I quite like.

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    I'd much rather lay in my bunk all freakin day lookin at Youtube videos .

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    Quote Originally Posted by TerryLL
    I prefer FUBAR. It has a certain poetic insouciance.
    This statement has a real Jean Shepherd vibe. Sounds like Ralphie critiquing the taste of Ivory Soap.
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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    I seem to remember there was a fishambles in Norwich, so not just meat.
    Shambolic is a word I quite like.
    Never heard of that one,but there was a fishmarket a long time ago.

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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    ...
    Shambolic is a word I quite like.
    interesting one.. the word seems (to me) almost the opposite of its meaning.

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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    folkmoot

    PRONUNCIATION:
    [FONT="](FOK-moot) [/FONT]

    MEANING:
    [FONT="]noun: A general assembly of the people of a town, city, county, etc.[/FONT]

    ETYMOLOGY:
    [FONT="]From Old English folcmot, from folc (folk) + mot (moot). Earliest documented use: 1513.[/FONT]

    USAGE:
    [FONT="]“In cases of dispute the folkmoot decides who is worthiest to succeed.”
    Patricia Wright; I Am England; Bodley Head; 1987.[/FONT]


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    Slightly more riveting than an ent moot but generally less productive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RFNK View Post
    Slightly more riveting than an ent moot but generally less productive.
    A word from out of the depths of time - back when there was village-level decision-making.
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    Quote Originally Posted by David G View Post
    A word from out of the depths of time - back when there was village-level decision-making.
    There still is. It ain't always pretty, but it's local.



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    Quote Originally Posted by birlinn View Post
    I seem to remember there was a fishambles in Norwich, so not just meat.
    Shambolic is a word I quite like.
    On the road to Shambala?

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    pastillage

    PRONUNCIATION:
    (PAH-stee-ahj)

    MEANING:
    noun: A sugar paste that’s molded into shapes and figures for decorating cakes, etc.

    ETYMOLOGY:
    From French pastillage (a small figure made of sugar), from pastille (lozenge), from Spanish pastilla (candy), from Latin pasta (dough). Earliest documented use: 1883.

    USAGE:
    “A wedding cake, covered in a soft ivory fondant, and a series of pale pink camellias, beautifully formed out of pastillage.”
    Linda W. Yezak; Cat Lady’s Secret; Harbourlight; 2014.
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