Word of the DayTuesday, November 19, 2013
\om-nee-uhm-GATH-er-uhm\ , noun;
a miscellaneous collection.
...the man who performed this unkind office fancying that a dislike to the dishes could alone have given rise to such an omnium-gatherum.
-- James Fennimore Cooper, Home as Found, 1838
Foster's own room was a cramped omnium gatherum, cluttered with the paraphernalia of daily living.
-- Henry Blake Fuller, Bertram Cope's Year, 1919
Omnium-gatherum comes from the Latin roots omnium meaning "of all" and the pseudo-Latin word gatherum meaning "a gathering."
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