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Farrago

Definition: a confused mixture.

Pronunciation: FA-ra-go

Origin:

Directly from Latin. Originating in the 1630’s, the Latin far meant grain, while farrago represented the mix of grains used for animal food.

Why this word?

Funny how the way we treat our animals manages to even penetrate our language. While grain is the main ingredient in humans’ food, whatever’s left from it, lacking indicative taste or shape- is given to those we eventually, well, eat or drink upon…

But, on a different note now, farrago is a great noun to have to use whenever you clearly see that someone tried to do something, but all he ended up with- was a nice try…

How to use the word farrago in a sentence?

“Oh my God, look at Sharon! What is that farrago she is wearing??”

“Well David, I clearly see you tried, but unfortunately your paper is nothing more than a historical farrago”.

“The Prime Minister’s speech was a sad farrago”

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Written by Victoria Sheinkin

Victoria Sheinkin is a writer, content editor, translator and chief editor for UnusedWords.com. Speaking three and a half languages, she holds two BAs from the Tel Aviv university- Communication and jounalism, English literature and linguistics.

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