Anyone who tuned into the opening ceremony of the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow will understand the concept of a ‘shambles‘. It got fairly bad for a while. Then Her Majesty came on, and of course, set the world (or at least The Commonwealth of Nations) right again.
a. A scene or condition of complete disorder or ruin: “The Commonwealth Games opening ceremony was a complete shambles“.
b. Great clutter or jumble; a total mess: “My bedroom is a total shambles“.
a. A place or scene of bloodshed or carnage.
b. A scene or condition of great devastation.
Our current, more generalized meaning, “a scene or condition of disorder,” was first recorded in 1926 however the history of the word once had a different origins which can be found by clicking the Word History link. Try using shambles in a sentence and drop us a comment.