21 March 2010

Words: Olla Podrida

olla podrida

PRONUNCIATION: (OL-uh puh-DREE-duh, AWL-yuh, AW-yuh)

1. An incongruous mixture.
2. A spicy stew of seasoned meat, vegetables, chickpeas, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Spanish olla podrida (literally, rotten pot), from olla (pot) + feminine of podrido (rotten).

USAGE: "Alice Randall's collection of cookbooks is formidable, an olla podrida of Junior League and soul food cookbooks and classics like The Joy of Cooking."Penelope Green; What Matters Most; The New York Times; Sep 16, 2009.  (from Wordsmith.org )

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