farrago /fə-RAW-goh/. noun. A medley, a confused mess, a mixture, a miscellany. From Latin farrago (mixed fodder for cattle, also generally a mixture), from far (grain). See also: hodgepodge, hotchpotch, mélange, potpourri.
“What strange farrago of impossibilities have these holy dealers in occult divinity jumbled together?” (Thomas Holcroft)
“…what would his book be? Nothing,—he would add, throwing his pen away with a vengeance,—nothing but a farrago of the clack of nurses, and of the nonsense of the old women (of both sexes) throughout the kingdom.” (Laurence Sterne)
“Mrs Tramore stared, as if at a language she had never heard, a farrago, a galimatias.” (Henry James)
“They preached a weird farrago of peace, vegetarianism, the coming apocalypse, home schooling, Luddism, biblical literalism, and what seemed to her, after her father’s vigorous teachings, a pretty passive and wimpy approach to grace.” (Nancy Kress)
“Somewhere in the world, every night, some company romped its way through Queen Mab’s Island, that farrago of nonsense history and rumbustious English whimsy…” (Penelope Lively)
“One afternoon he was cogitating over a word he had encountered that morning and become enamored of immediately because it was a word he felt caught for a moment in its definition the meaning of his condition: sharawadji, a graceful disorder. As one fans a deck of cards he fanned this notion in his mind until in the farrago of ideas he saw himself as metaphysically disheveled but still presentable…” (Barry Lopez)
“I have the shape of them, the gap they have left in me, but I cannot recapture what they were. The sound of my son’s voice, the feeling in my heart when Augustine first kissed me. The warmth of my father’s smile. Instead of any of them, I have this. This farrago of lies.” (Nick Harkaway)