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Word of the Year 2012 - Shortlist

In 2012 Oxford Dictionaries announced that ‘omnishambles’ (UK) and ‘GIF’ (US) were their Words of the Year for 2012.

Here we've listed ten of the other words the judging panels were considering.

Mo Farrah - Mobot
Mobot: a characteristic gesture as performed by the British long-distance runner Mo Farah on winning the 5,000 and 10,000 metres events at the 2012 Olympics, in which both arms are arched above the head with the hands pointing down to the top of the head to form a distinctive ‘M’ shape [blend of Mo (diminutive of ‘Mohamed’) and ROBOT]


Medal: to win a medal in a sporting event or competition by finishing first, second, or third

Super pac
Super PAC: a type of independent political action committee which may raise unlimited sums of money from corporations, unions, and individuals but is not permitted to contribute to or coordinate directly with parties or candidates

Games Maker
Games Maker: a volunteer responsible for helping the public at an Olympic venue during the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games [a proprietary term for various goods and services].

Pleb
Pleb: an ordinary person, especially one regarded as being of low social status [from Latin plebs ‘the common people’]

Eurogeddon
Eurogeddon: the potential financial collapse of the Eurozone, envisaged as having catastrophic implications for the region’s economic stability [from euro + (arma)geddon]

mummy porn
Mummy porn: erotic fiction of a type written for or read by women

second screening
Second screening: the practice or activity of watching television while simultaneously using a smartphone, tablet computer, laptop, or other screen device, typically in order to read about the programme being watched or post about it on a social media site

nomophobia
Nomophobia: anxiety caused by being without one’s mobile phone [from no + mo(bile) + phobia]

yolo
YOLO: you only live once; typically used as rationale or endorsement for impulsive or irresponsible behaviour

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