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Dec 30, 2008
This week's theme
Uncommon adverbs

This week's words
seriatim
pell-mell
withal
imprimis
shilly-shally

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pell-mell

PRONUNCIATION:
(pel-mel)

MEANING:
adverb: In a confused, jumbled, or reckless manner.
adjective: Confused, disorderly, or indiscriminate.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Old French pêle-mêle, from mesler (to mix), from Latin miscere (to mix).

USAGE:
"Instead of converging with the euro zone, Hungary's economy has rushed pell-mell in another direction."
Carl Mortished; The West in Retreat, the Pot Running Dry; The Globe and Mail (Toronto, Canada); Oct 30, 2008

See more usage examples of pell-mell in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
There is only one difference between a madman and me. The madman thinks he is sane. I know I am mad. -Salvador Dali, painter (1904-1989)

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