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Word of the Day for Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Posted by thesinger on July 17, 2007

gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun:

A medley; a hodgepodge.

Today bilingual programs are conducted in a gallimaufry of around 80 tongues, ranging from Spanish to Lithuanian to Micronesian Yapese.
— Ezra Bowen, “For Learning or Ethnic Pride?”, Time, July 8, 1985

Then the speech itself, and you have to feel sorry for TQMEM [The Queen’s Most Excellent Majesty] having to read out this frightful drivel, this grim gallimaufry of cliches, jargon and outright lies.
— Simon Hoggart, “Grand tradition: Maltravers, Rouge, Garter, Skinner”, The Guardian, November 27, 2003

Maran reports the daily jostlings and thrivings in a public school with 3,200 students, 185 teachers, 45 languages, a principal and five vice principals, five safety monitors, 62 sports teams and a gallimaufry of alternative programs, clubs and cliques.
— Colman McCarthy, “A Writer Goes Back to School”, Washington Post, August 20, 2001

Gallimaufry, originally meaning “a hash of various kinds of meats,” comes from French galimafrée, from Old French, from galer, “to rejoice, to make merry” (source of English gala) + mafrer, “to eat much,” from Medieval Dutch maffelen, “to open one’s mouth wide.”

From Dictionary.com

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2 Responses to “Word of the Day for Tuesday, July 17, 2007”

  1. Aaron said

    wow what an amazing word. I need to figure out how I can use it on a daily basis.

  2. Hai this is amazing

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