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Hotchpotch

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Hótchpotch. n.s. [haché en poche, French; or hachee en pot, French, as Camden has it, as being boiled up in a pot; yet the former corruption is now generally used.] A mingled hash; a mixture.

Such patching maketh Littleton's hotchpot of our tongue, and, in effect, brings the same rather to a Babellish confusion than any one entire language. Camden's Remains.

A mixture of many disagreeing colours is ever unpleasant to the eye, and a mixture or hotchpotch of many tastes is unpleasant to the taste. Bacon's Natural History.

Nor limbs, nor bones, nor carcass would remain;
But a mash'd heap, a hotchpotch of the slain.
Dryd. Juvenal.

Sources: Bacon, Francis (396) · Camden, William (28) · Dryden, John (788)

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Cite this page: Johnson, Samuel. "Hotchpotch." A Dictionary of the English Language: A Digital Edition of the 1755 Classic by Samuel Johnson. Edited by Brandi Besalke. Last modified: June 3, 2012. http://johnsonsdictionaryonline.com/?p=9661.


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