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Monday, October 05, 2015

Definitions for amphigory

  1. a meaningless or nonsensical piece of writing, especially one intended as a parody.

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Citations for amphigory
For all this, Schott's Original Miscellany is strangely unputdownable. It is the mother of all miscellanies, aka an amphigory, a medley, a pot-pourri, a gallimaufry, a salmagundi, an omnium-gatherum, a vade mecum, a smorgasbord… Oh boy, but Schott is a snapper-up of unconsidered trifles, a mad magpie at large in the wide world of facts and words. Robert McCrum, “God bless you, Mr Schott,” The Guardian, December 7, 2002
What is this, you ask? A conference in the old sense, no? A parlement? A convocation? A Decameron? No—it's a Canterbury Tales, or, rather, Parliament of Fowls. A medieval amphigory. Allegra Goodman, The Family Markowitz, 1996
Origin of amphigory
Amphigory entered English in the early 1800s from the French word amphigouri, but its origin in French remains unknown.
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