July 20, 2007

Interesting Words: Gallimaufry

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”.


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  1. Annette Strauch

    Gallimaufry – learnt something new.
    Annette Strauch, Wales.

    13 Aug 2007, 11:09

  2. Stephanie Anderson

    Here is another for you:
    boustrophedon

    03 Sep 2007, 17:38

  3. Wow, I had to look that one up: ’”(of ancient writing) alternately from right to left and from left to right”.

    04 Sep 2007, 18:45


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