Crosswords puzzle fans know the word “olio”. It means a miscellaneous mixture, or a hodgepodge. The word is related to the Spanish “olla”, which is a big pot. Into which you throw a bunch of things. You food lovers will know of the dish “olla podrida”, a Spanish stew, based on pork and beans and just about anything else that can capture the inclusive imagination of an Iberian chef. If it’s handy, stir it in!
Word ingredients in the mulligan stew of “miscellany” synonyms are an irregular lot, and include: collection, combination, goulash, burgoo, hash, jumble, mishmash, mélange, patchwork, potpourri, and salmagundi. Salmagundi is a right nifty word, with literary ancestry. The French culinary word “salmigondin” was coined by Rabelais. Rabelais was fond of long strings of words, including adjectives. He was an inventive writer of astonishing power. Let’s call him a salmagundian wordsmith. Put him on your reading list for next winter.
Now we continue to the images that make up this Olio from the Fair.
Outside, the sun begins to set, and inside the hall, a shaft of rose tinted light finds bonsai.
|Synonyms:||collection, combination, goulash, hash, jumble,medley, miscellany, mishmash, mixed bag,mélange, olio, patchwork, potpourri, salmagund|
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