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Mar 17, 2010
This week's theme
Words about food and eating

This week's words
salmagundi
edacious
olla podrida
prandial
gallimaufry

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with Anu Garg

olla podrida

PRONUNCIATION:
(OL-uh puh-DREE-duh, AWL-yuh, AW-yuh)

MEANING:
noun:
1. An incongruous mixture.
2. A spicy stew of seasoned meat, vegetables, chickpeas, etc.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Spanish olla podrida (literally, rotten pot), from olla (pot) + feminine of podrido (rotten).

USAGE:
"Alice Randall's collection of cookbooks is formidable, an olla podrida of Junior League and soul food cookbooks and classics like The Joy of Cooking."
Penelope Green; What Matters Most; The New York Times; Sep 16, 2009.

See more usage examples of olla podrida in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
True teachers are those who use themselves as bridges over which they invite their students to cross; then, having facilitated their crossing, joyfully collapse, encouraging them to create their own. -Nikos Kazantzakis, poet and novelist (1883-1957)

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