1. A highly seasoned stew of meat, vegetables, etc.
2. A mixture of disparate elements.

ETYMOLOGY: From French ragot, from ragouter (to revive the taste), from re- (again) + a-/ad (to) + gout (taste), from Latin gustus (taste). Ultimately from the Indo-European root geus- (to taste or choose), which also gave us choice, choose, gusto, disgust, degust, and pregustator. Earliest documented use: 1652.


RANGOUT - 1) a spicy stew from the Burmese capital (well, the capital from 1852 to 2005, anyway)
2) what gunshots occasionally did

ORAGOUT - inflammatory arthritis of the temporo-mandibular joint

FRAGOUT - what the disgruntled private did to his hated Drill Sergeant