- So at this point, it's really become a mixture, a mishmash of issues.
- Underlying the idea of the multitude is a mishmash of confused claims.
- Your typical bad comedy is a mess, a sloppy mishmash of junk with maybe a few funny bits here and there.
Late 15th century: reduplication of mash.
pell-mell from Late Middle English:
People like words that combine two almost identical forms, like helter-skelter (late 16th century), mishmash (Late Middle English), namby-pamby, and wishy-washy (late 17th century)—and pell-mell. Its second element represents a form of French mesler ‘to mix’ (related to medley). The first part might be from pelle ‘shovel’, giving the sense ‘mixed together with a shovel’, but the simple love of rhyme may be the only explanation needed.
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