Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Gallimaufry

Meaning: a stew, and hence any kind of hodge-podge

Usefulness: 2 (high applicability to work situations)

Logofascination: 1 (gaining special ranking because it sounds like Gallifrey.)

In the wild: Not exactly wild, but the OED suggests that it may be related to galimatias, a word of mysterious etymology.

Degrees: 1

Connections: n/a

Used in: Gargantua and Pantagruel, Third Book, Chapter XVII: How Panurge spoke to the Sibyl of Panzoust. "This so terrified Panurge that he forthwith said to Epistemon, The devil mince me into a gallimaufry if I do not tremble for fear!"


2 comments:

  1. I always thought this was something to do with Doctor Who?

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  2. No, that's Gallifrey, linked above...

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