Hodgepodge

February 24, 2022

Hodgepodge /hoj-poj/ noun

Definition:  Hodgepodge refers to a heterogeneous mixture or jumble, a random assortment of things. It is also used to identify an argument or theory made up of incongruous or miscellaneous ideas.

Etymology: The English likely derived hodgepodge from the French word hochepot, which is a stew made from a variety of different ingredients, meats, vegetables, and herbs. Hochepot is popular in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France and in Belgium. It dates back to the 13th century and the Middle Ages. 

Over time, the spelling and pronunciation of hochepot were changed to make the second part of the word rhyme with the first. Hodgepodge first appeared in the early seventeenth century with a meaning not associated with food.

In a Sentence

Our moving experience included finding a hodgepodge of different-sized socks.

The White Sox bullpen is a hodgepodge of over-the-hill veterans and young minor league kids.

His wardrobe was a hodgepodge of 60s hippy and contemporary business attire.

The political scientist’s position paper read like a hodgepodge of scattered thinking.

Synonyms 

Mixture, Odds and Ends, Hotchpotch

Antonyms 

Orderliness, Structure, Tidy, Homogeneous

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