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Today's Words: Firkin, Gallimaufry, Inveterate

Firkin (Fur-kin) noun a small wooden vessel or tub for butter, lard, etc. More about Firkin First recorded around 1400–50. Comes from the late Middle English word  ferdkyn  or  firdekyn . This is formed from a variant of  ferthe , meaning “fourth,” and the diminutive suffix – kin . Examples of Firkin The antique store had a collection of quaint  firkins  on display, each with its own unique design. After the harvest festival, the townspeople gathered around to share stories over slices of bread from a  firkin  of butter. Gallimaufry (gal-uh-maw-free)   noun a hodgepodge; confused medley; jumble. More about Gallimaufry First recorded in 1545–55. Comes from the Middle French word  galimafree , “kind of sauce or stew.” Galimafree  is probably a conflation of  galer , “to amuse oneself.” Related to  gallant , “brave, spirited, noble-minded, or chivalrous.” Examples of  Gallimaufry The artist’s studio was a  gallimaufry   of colourful paints, brushes, and unfinished canvases. Walking throug