One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A collection of miscellaneous people or things.‘an omnium gatherum of anecdotes’
mixture, blend, mingling, combination, compound, fusion, composition, concoction, brew, alloy, merger, union, amalgamation, amalgam, coalition, cross, hybridView synonyms
- ‘Disrupting Time is an omnium gatherum on familiar Hauerwasian themes, ranging in style from the incisive to the outrageous to the whimsical.’
- ‘The omnium gatherum style of the CDF is vulnerable.’
- ‘To put it more bluntly: Did her writings exhibit any doctrine at all, or Were they simply an omnium gatherum of pious poetry, saccharine playlets, and florid ‘spiritual’ writing?’
- ‘Her modalities of alcohol usage come across as something of an omnium gatherum: precolonial, rural ceremonial, or gift exchange, rural commoditized drinking, urban working- and middle-class drinking, and urban elite drinking.’
- ‘Academe was an omnium gatherum; it was a Humboldtian article of faith that all knowledge was essentially one; the polymath amateur was the role model if not the norm.’
- ‘The author of this omnium gatherum of tulip lore comments that this practice was ‘no stranger than the alchemists' own attempts to turn base metal into gold.’
Early 16th century: mock Latin, from Latin omnium ‘of all’ and gather + the Latin suffix -um.
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