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    omnium gatherum = (means what?)

    Thomson amazed his readers by his capacity to see: the general effects of light and cloud and foliage or the particular image of a leaf tossed in the gale or the slender feet of a robin or the delicate film of ice at the edge of a brook. He tries to see each season from every perspective, as it might be perceived by a bird in the sky or by the tiniest insect, by God or a painter or Sir Isaac Newton. As the poem grew, it became an omnium gatherum of contemporary ideas and interest: natural history, ideas about the nature of man and society, and civilized……

    Source: The Norton Anthology of English Literature, James Thomson (1700-1748)

    (He was a nature poet)

    Hello teachers,


    What does the blue part mean in the context I’ve posted? Would you please clarify it to me?

    Many thanks in advance

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    Re: omnium gatherum = (means what?)

    I found the answer of my question. I think it means: miscellaneous collection.

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    Re: omnium gatherum = (means what?)

    Quote Originally Posted by sb70012 View Post
    I found the answer of my question. I think it means: miscellaneous collection.
    You are correct about that. To add more detail, it goes back to the sixteenth century and I suppose it may have been humorous back then, because it a pastiche of a Latin word, omnium, and an English word, gather, with a bogus Latin case ending tacked on. It still seems ridiculous and slightly funny to me. Use it with caution.

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