hotchpotch


a thick stew with meat and vegetables

STATISTICS

IN THE PRESS

“Scottish food historian Fraser Wright revisits this wonderful recipe for Hairst Bree (HOTCH POTCH).”

Fraser Wright - The Scotsman


Not a bad set of priorities for the next election manifesto, though the specific measures he mentioned, from freezing energy bills to votes for 16-year-olds seemed to be a HOTCH-POTCH of ideas rather than a coherent new way to run the economy.

Diane Abbott - The Guardian

Did you
know?

hotch-potch (UK), hodge-podge (US)

- a thick soup or stew of vegetables, potatoes, and usually meat

- a confused mixture of different things

Cambridge & Merriam-Webster Dictionaries


ORIGIN

The original English term was “hotchpot,” dating from 1381 and deriving from the Anglo-Norman and Middle French "hochepot", a dish containing a mixture of many ingredients, especially a kind of stew made with minced beef or goose and various vegetables.

"Hotchpote" took on a metaphorical meaning, as in a confused mixture or a jumble by 1405, followed five years later by a rhyming version, "hotchpotch," referring both to the stew and the figurative jumble.

(Thanks to Ben Yagoda)


SYNONYMS
a confused mixture of different things

alphabet soup, grab bag, hodge-podge, HOTCH-POTCH, mishmash, motley collection, patchwork, pig’s (or dog’s) breakfast, potpourri, scissors-and-paste job, smorgasbord  


PRACTICE OWAD in an English conversation, discuss something like:

“How about having HOTCHPOTCH this coming weekend?”


THANKS to Florian for suggesting today’s word.


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