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Hotch potch

Posted by David FG on January 02, 2008

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!

I like the idea that it might be an English version of an American original.

Both are in fact variations on 'hotch pot' which is a legal term meaning a common fund which is divided among the children in the event of a parent dying intestate, or other circumstances in which monies have to be divided among a group of people.