2017年2月12日 星期日

farrago, farraginous, naturalization

Reader, I have finished with this little farrago which you are only now about to begin.



Kafka’s diaries show that he did torture himself with his day job — and with other distractions of “this farraginous thing we call life”. Perhaps he was “exquisitely happy”, to quote Hofmann, only when he got up from his desk at 3am, to observe the entrance to his burrow while doing exercises naked at the window. This translation makes palpable the pleasure he must have felt.


A measure to ease bureaucratic hurdles has passed with more than 60 percent, according to local media.


Swiss voters back 'simplified naturalization'
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Definition

farrago
noun [C] plural farragos or US farragoes FORMAL DISAPPROVING
a confused mixture:
He told us a farrago of lies.



Farraginous is the adjective connected with farrago. In Latin, the stem farragin- and the noun farrago both mean "mixture" and, more specifically, "a mixture of grains for cattle feed." They derive from far, the Latin name for spelt, a type of grain.

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As to her friends, Carl Van Vechten liked it. Henry McBride thought it was too commercial. Ernest Hemingway called it a 'damned pitiful book'. Henri Matisse was offended by the descriptions of his wife. Georges Braque thought Stein had misconstrued Cubism. Leo Stein deemed it a farrago of lies.[4]