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Shambolic

adjective; blending and clipping
In a state of disarray, total mess. Chiefly a British word; I’ve never heard it used in the U.S. It’s just another way of calling something a mess. Formed by blending and clipping: presumably “Sham-“ from shambles blended with ”-bolic” from diabolic, diabolical though I've yet to find that confirmed anywhere.
 
I couldn’t believe she had been living there her whole first term; the place was absolutely shambolic.
Etymology : blending and clipping: presumably Sham- from shambles blended with -bolic from diabolic
Source : British friend referring to the awful living conditions of another’s university residence
Last modified: 10 June 2008


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