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    #1

    Is there any difference?

    Are the two sentences are same in meaning?
    1. His first collection of short stories presented a motley hodgepodge of voices.
    2. His first collection of short stories presented a variegated hodgepodge of voices.

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    #2

    Re: Is there any difference?

    I am not sure what you mean by either sentence. (If you mean to say the short stories were not alike, I wouldn't expect them to be.)


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    #3

    Re: Is there any difference?

    I think the short stories are not alike. They are somehow different to each other. I just wanted to know the difference of using "motley" and variegated".

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    #4

    Re: Is there any difference?

    Neither of them are words I use every day, and I would not attempt to tell you the difference without help (from a dictionary, for example).

    http://dictionary.reference.com

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    #5

    Re: Is there any difference?

    IMO, both adjectives are similar, but neither one collocates well with 'hodgepodge.' It seems to be akin to referring to something as a 'dangerous peril.'

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    #6

    Re: Is there any difference?

    'Variegated' is used for plants, and it's used literally. It can be used metaphorically, but "variegated hodgepodge" is too much.
    "Motley hodgepodge" is acceptable to me.

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    #7

    Re: Is there any difference?

    There is no such thing as a uniform hodgepodge, so no other adjective is needed. A hodgepodge is motley, by definition.

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    #8

    Re: Is there any difference?

    Perhaps:

    His first collection of short stories presented a variety of voices.





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    #9

    Re: Is there any difference?

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    A hodgepodge is motley, by definition.
    I am just a little in love with this sentence. I might have it put on my gravestone (I would cite my source, of course!)
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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