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Farrago and Fiasco

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The noun farrago refers to a confused mixture, jumble, or hodgepodge.

The noun fiasco refers to a complete failure.

Examples:

  • The composer's last opera was described as "a farrago of chaotic, nonsensical sounds."

  • Verdi was at the height of his powers when he wrote La Traviata in 1853, though the first performance was a fiasco.

Practice:

(a) One reviewer called my book "a vague _____ of opaque terms whose meaning (if any) is impossible to decipher."

(b) Prohibition can only be described as a _____: it did little to abolish problems associated with alcohol use, and it introduced other social problems.


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