"By Aeroplane to Pygmyland" Accounts of the 1926 Smithsonian-Dutch Expedition to New Guinea

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October 13, 1926 hot potch

This is an anglicization of the Dutch word “hutspot” meaning a stew, usually with vegetables and meat. By a separate route, the same word “hutspot” (etymologically, “a pot from a hut or village/rural house”) also came to mean, figuratively, a mish-mash or mixture of things, thus the English word “hodge-podge.”


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