One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A mixture, a mishmash; a confused medley of things, ideas, persons, etc.
Made up of a mingle-mangle or hotchpotch; jumbled, muddled. Now rare.
with object To make a mingle-mangle or confused mixture of; to jumble, to muddle. Usually in pass.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Hugh Latimer (c1485–1555), bishop of Worcester, preacher, and protestant martyr. Reduplication (with vowel variation) of mingle; compare mangle<br>mid 16th century; earliest use found in Miles Coverdale (1488–1569), Bible translator and bishop of Exeter. From mingle-mangle; compare mingle, mangle.
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