'BIG SOCIETY has pipped 'double-dip and 'vuvuzela to be named the Oxford Dictionaries word of the year for 2010. The phrase was coined by Prime Minister David Cameron, who said in July: The big society ... is about liberation - the biggest, most dramatic redistribution of power from elites in Whitehall to the man and woman on the street. Staff from Oxford University Press said that the contest is not limited to a single word and is open to two-word expressions. Language expert Susie Dent, a spokeswoman for Oxford Dictionaries, said: 'Big society was for us a clear winner because it embraces so much of the years political and economic mood. Taken to mean many things, it has begun to take on a life of its own - a sure sign of linguistic success. TG The official meaning is: A political concept whereby a significant amount of responsibility for the running of a societys services is devolved to local communities and volunteers. Last year four words were named word of the year. They were tweet, simples, staycation and jeggings. Big Society is not the first two-worded phrase to be named word of the year. In 2008 Credit Crunch took the title. TG