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Last updated at 11:53 GMT, Thursday, 22 November 2012


Peter Capaldi as Malcolm Tucker in The Thick of It

The fictional political advisor Malcolm Tucker coined the word 'omnishambles'

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.

Today's question:

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