Word Challenge: gallimaufry

It’s time to get the creative juices flowing. You’ve recovered from the excesses of the weekend and are ready to sally forth with pennant flying. Take all that energy and channel it toward some writing.
Selecting the single best word for your story can be a challenge. I often stumble across awesome words I’d like to use but never do. Why don’t I slip them in somewhere? No one uses these gems. If we did, our readers might falter, wrinkle their collective brows and mumble naughty words as they fall out of the literary world we’ve drawn them inside.
They might even chuck our darling across the room. Bad. Big ouch. But some of these words are just so nifty we’ve got to celebrate a little and explore new vocabulary.
Today’s dangerous word: gallimaufry
gal·li·mau·fry (/gæl
əˈmɔfri)/  [gal-uh-maw-free]
–noun, plural -fries. Chiefly Literary.
1. a hodgepodge; jumble; confused medley.
2. a ragout or hash.
1545–55; < Middle French galimafree  kind of sauce or stew, probably a conflation of galer  to amuse oneself ( see gallant) and Picard dialect mafrer  to gorge oneself (< Middle Dutch moffelen  to eat, nosh)
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Now go forth and use the dangerous word of the week. Follow the biological imperative and produce offspring. Be prodigious. Don’t forget to share your accomplishments. Brag about reaching your goal. Put it out there. Boast!
How did you achieve word use? Did you drop it in conversation, graffiti tag it, or sneak it in a document? How did you bag-and-tag the challenge?

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  1. #1 by Garner Davis on July 19, 2011 - 8:09 pm

    I didn't get a chance to use your word in my writing today, so how about if I employ it in this comment? Here goes nothing: "The dog vomit I found on my pillow last night contained a veritable gallimaufry of scraps from the dinner table."

  2. #2 by Lesann Berry on July 20, 2011 - 5:05 am

    Well done! Perhaps consigning the dog to the floor would be a good idea?

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