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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 22nd November 2019
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gallimaufry (noun) ga-lee-MO-free

A miscellaneous jumble, hodgepodge.

The whole Gallic gallimaufry is here, from Jean Sablon singing 'J'attendrai' to the hero's architect chum saying: 'Oo la la!', and the result is less 'Another Year in Provence' than Une saison en enfer.

Philip French, The Observer, 29 October 2006, Observer
reviewing the movie A Good Year. Amazon DVD

Part adventure-story, part novel-of-ideas, part satire on the follies of ''progress,'' part spiritual autobiography, part passionate plea for a return to simplicity of being and behavior, ''The Songlines'' is a seething gallimaufry of a book, a great Burtonian galimatias of anecdote and speculation and description, fascinating, moving, infuriating, incoherent, all at once.

Andrew Harvey, The New York Times, 2 August 1987, New York Times
reviewing Bruce Charwin's The Songlines. Amazon

This ignores the fact that she makes good jokes - she says a perfect woman for her former beau, Ben Affleck, is 'anyone who serves cold beer in a bikini'; that her conversation is punctuated by a snorting gallimaufry of chortles, chuckles and belly-laughs; and that she's warm, bright and very, very polite.

David Jenkins, Telegraph, 12 January 2004, Telegraph
in an interview with Gwyneth Paltrow, prior to the London premiere of her movie Sylvia. Amazon DVD

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