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Here is the true meaning of the word melange, I got this in my mail:

Word of the Day for Wednesday March 5, 2003

melange may-LAHNZH, noun:

A mixture; a medley.

Interspersed with diverse lectures and classroom activities

were periods of financial difficulty, military service, and

employment as a private tutor, all of which added to the

curious melange of experiences that would ultimately

blossom into his unexpected and remarkable life's work.

--Norman Brosterman, [1]Inventing Kindergarten

The smell in the car... was a pungent, sour melange of

garlic, unwashed bodies, vodka, musty woolen overcoats, and

Bulgarian tobacco.

--Fen Montaigne, [2]Reeling in Russia

Many books in popular psychology are a melange of the

author's comments, a dollop of research, and stupefyingly

dull transcriptions from interviews.

--Carol Tavris, "A Remedy But Not a Cure," [3]New York

Times, February 26, 1989


Melange derives from Old French meslance, from mesler, "to

mix," ultimately from Latin miscere, "to mix."

Synonyms: assortment, hodgepodge, medley, mishmash.

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