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amphigory - Word of the Day


Definitions for amphigory

1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

Citations for amphigory

For all this, Schott's Original Miscellany is strangely unputdownable.  It is the mother of all miscellanies, aka an amphigory, a medley, a pot-pourri, a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, an omnium-gatherum, a vade mecum, a smorgasbord… Oh, boy, but Schott is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, a mad magpie at large in the wide world of facts and words.

Robert McCrum, “God bless you, Mr Schott,” The Guardian, December 7, 2002

Although I've never read Schott, nor, in fact, even heard of him, I love the list of descriptions of what his work is.  What a delicious listing!

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