Each year the Oxford English Dictionary chooses its 'Word of the Year'. It has recently announced the winner for 2012: omnishambles.
Callum and Neil discuss the word and its origins.
From this list, who published the earliest English alphabetical dictionary?
a: Robert Cawdrey
b: Samuel Johnson
c: Noah Webster
Listen out for the answer at the end of the programme.
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- first and foremost
a formal expression meaning the most important thing to consider
- the projected longevity
the estimate of how long something will live for
- flash in the pan
short-lived, not long-lasting
- a shambles
something that is very poorly organised, managed or performed
- to coin (an expression)
to create or be the first to use a new word or phrase
- a gaffe
an embarrassing mistake, usually made in public
new words that have developed from another word
- staying power
the ability to last a long time