What is the correct usage of the word “shambles”? (interesting: I didn’t know the word originally meant “slaughterhouse”)
- “My room is in shambles.” (this sounds correct to my ear)
- “My room is a shambles.” (this makes sense grammatically)
- “My room is in a shambles.” (this also makes sense grammatically)
Quick unscientific Google survey shows 50/50 for 1) and 2). The link has two examples using 2) and 3).
The few times I’ve used the word, it’s always 1). I fear my understanding is in shambles.