All entries for Friday 20 July 2007
July 20, 2007
I am collecting interesting words that I haven’t heard before. Here is the most recent one:
gallimaufry \gal-uh-MAW-free\, noun: meaning a medley or a hodgepodge; originally meaning “a hash of various kinds of meats”. It derives from from the French galimafrée, from the Old French galer, “to rejoice, to make merry” (source of English gala), and mafrer, “to eat much,” which in turn derives from the Medieval Dutch maffelen, “to open one’s mouth wide”.