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Re: Hotch potch

Posted by Gary Martin on December 30, 2007

In Reply to: Hotch potch posted by Beth Crawford on December 30, 2007

: I came across this phrase recently, in a book: "hotch potch". I think this is the Anglicized version of the American "hodge podge", meaning "a miscellany".

: Anyone familiar with the genesis of this phrase? Thanks!

It's the other way about. Hodge-podge is a variant of the earlier hotchpotch/hotch-potch. Like most of these rhyming reduplications, it is too old to be American. Both terms are English in origin.

The OED suggests that hodge derives from the name Roger. Whether that was a particular Roger or just Rogers in general isn't clear.