Friday, October 30, 2015

Word of the day: farrago

The word of the day is farrago:

  1. a confused mixture; hodgepodge; medley
1632, from L. farrago "medley, mix of grains for animal feed," from far "corn."


"The nub is an investigation, presented by Dan Rather (Robert Redford), into the circumstances surrounding George W. Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard.  By the end of the ensuing farrago, as the producer of the show, Mary Mapes (Cate Blanchett), points out, the central question—did Bush get an easy ride, insuring that he would never be sent to Vietnam?—has been all but obscured in a blizzard of extraneous details."

 - Anthony Lane, "Making the case: 'Bridge of Spies' and 'Truth'", 26 October 2015 The New Yorker (

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