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omnishambles (noun) – (Chiefly British Informal.) A situation, especially in politics, in which poor judgment results in disorder or chaos with potentially disastrous consequences.

Source : Dictionary.com

Etymology : The first element of omnishambles, omni- ?all,? is familiar in English in omnibus, omnipotent, omnivorous, and omniscient, derived from the Latin adjective omnis ?all.? Shambles has a gorier history. In the 9th century the Old English noun scomol (spelled variously) simply meant ?stool, footstool,? derived from Latin scamellum, scamillum ?low stool.?

By the 10th century the noun also meant ?a counter or table for conducting business?; by the 14th century the word acquired the sense ?table or counter for selling meat.? During the 16th century shambles came to mean ?slaughterhouse; place of wholesale carnage.? Shambles in the sense ?a mess, a ruin, scene of disorder? was originally an Americanism, first occurring in print in 1926.

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