August 4, 2009

Homework of Sorts


1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous: a motley crowd.
2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored: a motley flower border.
3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.

4. a combination of different colors.
5. a parti-colored effect.
6. the parti-colored garment of a jester.
7. a heterogeneous assemblage.
8. a medley.


1. assorted
2. diverse
3. heterogeneous
4. miscellaneous
5. mixed

Motley refers to the traditional costume of the court jester.
The word motley is described in the Oxford English Dictionary as a cognate with medley. The word is most commonly used as an adjective or noun, but is also seen as a verb and adverb. When used as a noun, it can mean "a varied mixture."

Sheesh! I had to do some homework after Emily used this word in the comment section of my last post and I had NO idea what it meant. (Umm, should I even admit that? After all, I DO tell my kids that I KNOW everything. Can't have them finding out that I don't!)

Pish, some people and their big, fancy smancy vocabularies. Makes me have to do homework and use some very rusty, out of shape brain cells. =)

But I laughed. I think its a pretty accurate use of the word, don't you?

Thanks for the workout Emily!

5 super cool people speak:

Heidi said...

Ha ha--and here I was thinking you looked up those words just to show HOW motley your family is. Great pictures!

Sara Lyn said...

Great word! Don't become lexiphanic, though. :)

Serene is my name, not my life! said...

Oh, you did that on purpose!! Time to go look up what "lexiphanic" means....

Heidi said...

No, no--don't join the dark side!!! :-)

Emily C said...

Hehe, happy to give your brain a workout anytime!

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