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    Question Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    Hello,

    Is this correct use of the word "miscellaneous"?

    Jack London's ideas were miscellaneous. (he got his ideas from various sources, by reading Marx, Spencer, Darwin, Nietzsche, and so on).

    I have never seen it used like this, so it seems strange to me, but the meaning in freedictionary.com is:

    mis·cel·la·ne·ous(ms-ln-s)adj.1. Made up of a variety of parts or ingredients.
    2. Having a variety of characteristics, abilities, or appearances.
    3. Concerned with diverse subjects or aspects.


    Thank you.

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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    The word is generally used only directly before a noun. I suppose we could say, "The class came up with miscellaneous ideas for the activities week" or "London's earlier work is full of miscellaneous ideas", but the sentence you have found seem unnatural to me.

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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    Quote Originally Posted by 5jj View Post
    The word is generally used only directly before a noun. I suppose we could say, "The class came up with miscellaneous ideas for the activities week" or "London's earlier work is full of miscellaneous ideas", but the sentence you have found seem unnatural to me.
    @5jj, thank you.

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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    I have never seen "miscellaneous" used as a predicative adjective and, excited as always when I can try to find something strange, I consulted COHA. I found few examples and only one I liked:

    But if the inhabitants of the Thirteen Colonies were miscellaneous in their origins and various in their habits and sympathies, they had three very strong antagonisms in common.
    written by the great H. G. Wells in 1931.

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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    A better word in this context would have been eclectic.

    Rover

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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    A better word in this context would have been eclectic.

    Rover
    I agree. London's ideas, style and taste came from a broad and diverse range of sources.


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    Re: Is this correct use of "miscellaneous"?

    @birdeen's call, @Rover_KE, @JohnParis, thank you.

    @Rover_KE, that's a great word. Thank you.

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