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Shaken, not stirred

By Debra Dobbins

My ever-frugal father frequently volunteered to cook lunch on Sunday, his only day off. Dad didn’t obsess over the menu; he simply rummaged in the refrigerator for leftovers and threw them all together into a frying pan or pot. (As Mom as my witness, I am not making this up.) To cope with Slumgullion Sundays, my siblings and I would often wangle lunch invitations from friends.

Perhaps if Dad had called his slumgullion hochepot, his ungrateful children may have found it easier to swallow, but the only foreign language Dad knew was German, which is what he spoke at home while growing up. It wasn’t until going to school that he learned English.

At any rate, hochepot in early French meant “a stew of many foods cooked together in a pot,” according to Merriam Webster’s Word Central. “Perhaps the pot was shaken instead of stirred since hochepot was formed from hochier, meaning ‘to shake,’ and pot, which had the same meaning in early French as it does in English now,” the online site also notes.

Hochepot in early French became hogpotch in Middle English, according to Webster’s, and then evolved to hotchpotch. Eventually, the “tch” blend in both syllables of the word morphed into “dge” to form hodgepodge. The word’s definition subsequently was broadened to mean a jumble or a confused mixture.

A hodgepodge of pots and pans
Photo special to the Sentinel

 

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Avec le temps, ultra-mince regarde le resserrement du vent, la poursuite des limites des horlogers ultra-minces est presque fou. Une horlogerie profonde de Cartier est une fois de plus l’avant de la tendance à la nouvelle série de replique montre de ballon bleu ultra-minces déclarées dans le monde. Le corps ultra-mince, la texture légère, la série de montres ballon bleu de l’interprétation élégante habituelle à l’extrême. En apparence, la montre de ballon bleu Cartier a un haut degré de reconnaissance, cadran sculpté en argent avec échelle de chiffres romains classiques noirs, couplé avec le pointeur de port bleu de type épée, montre 40 mm d’une nouvelle proportion de pure beauté. Couronne rainure, incrustée avec un saphir rond convexe. La montre ultra-fine Ballon Bleu de Cartier de Cartier avec une nouvelle taille de 40mm, dans l’épaisseur de seulement 6.9mm, l’étui Cartier fin mince, la performance de chargement L’atelier Cartier Montres a raffiné le mouvement mécanique de l’enroulement manuel. Ce style simple et régulier de l’étui ultra-mince, aux amateurs de table n’a apporté aucune petite surprise. Ultra-mince est le test de la patience, il faut que les horlogers aient assez de patience et de persévérance, face à ceux qui ne peuvent utiliser que des microscopes pour installer les petites parties; Ultra-mince est le test de la technologie, il faut que le mouvement replique montre suisse se concentre. Dans le cas, la qualité ne perd pas de modèles communs;




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