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Aug 16, 2016
This week’s theme
Words related to food

This week’s words
jambalaya
farraginous
kool-aid
ragout
immolate

farraginous
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farraginous

PRONUNCIATION:
(fuh-RAJ-uh-nuhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Heterogeneous; having a mix of random things.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin farrago (mixed fodder), from far/farr (corn or spelt). Ultimately from the Indo-European root bhares- (barley), which also gave us barn, barley, farina, and farrago. Earliest documented use: 1616.

USAGE:
“If at first glance the visitor mistakes this farraginous exhibition for a Royal Antiques Roadshow, he is not far from the truth.”
Brian Sewell; All the Charm of an Antiques Roadshow; Evening Standard (London, UK); Mar 14, 2013.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
It is fortunate to be of high birth, but it is no less so to be of such character that people do not care to know whether you are or are not. -Jean de la Bruyere, essayist and moralist (16 Aug 1645-1696)

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