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    'Miscellaneous'

    Hi all,

    Would it be right to use 'juxtaposition' in a sentence in which the adjective 'miscellaneous' was used?

    In this CD you can find miscellaneous tracks (of various styles).
    In this CD you will find a juxtaposition of various tracks.

    My interpretation is, though not mentioned in my dictionary, 'juxtaposition' may suggest the collection is a bit odd in which the items are not, perhaps, logically selected, or at least one wouldn't expect such a selection of items.

    I would really appreciate any help. Thanks!

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    Re: 'Miscellaneous'

    Quote Originally Posted by Mehrgan View Post
    Hi all,

    Would it be right to use 'juxtaposition' in a sentence in which the adjective 'miscellaneous' was used?

    In this CD you can find miscellaneous tracks (of various styles).
    In this CD you will find a juxtaposition of various tracks.

    My interpretation is, though not mentioned in my dictionary, 'juxtaposition' may suggest the collection is a bit odd in which the items are not, perhaps, logically selected, or at least one wouldn't expect such a selection of items.

    I would really appreciate any help. Thanks!
    In general 'juxtaposition' refers to entities side-by-side and the only thing "odd" would be its use in casual conversation, unless you are prepared to receive a few strange looks.

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    Re: 'Miscellaneous'

    Thanks for the reply. Then, regardless of their register, would the two sentences mean the same?

    And, is there any informal adjective referring to a bunch of items which, when put together in a collection, would not make sense? (Say, a CD with tracks from classical, blues, and thrash metal?!)

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    Re: 'Miscellaneous'

    Informal — a mishmash of styles.

    Formal — an eclectic mix of styles.

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