Word of the Day: Shambles

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.


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