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    Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Are the following phrases have the same meaning if not, please explain to me what do they mean?

    Higgledy-piggledy

    Topsy-turvy


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    Re: Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Are Do the following phrases have the same meaning? If not, please explain to me what do they mean​.

    Higgledy-piggledy

    Topsy-turvy
    No. "Higgledy-piggedly" means messy, disorganised, all over the place. "Topsy-turvy" means upside down.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    No. "Higgledy-piggedly" means messy, disorganised, all over the place. "Topsy-turvy" means upside down.
    Does any of them means confusion?

    You mentioned that "Topsy-turvy" meant upside down which is similar to the meaning of "Higgledy-piggedly".

    Can I say, when I came to the room, it was topsy-turvy? I mean scattered and disorganised.
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    Re: Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Upside down is not the same as all over the place.

    Imagine a child's room - if there are clothes and toys everywhere, nothing is in the right place, it's a real mess - his/her stuff is all higgledy-piggledy.
    Imagine a beer bottle - it should stand on its bottom and its lid should be at the top. Now invert it (turn it 180 degrees vertically). Now it is standing on its lid and the bottom of the bottle is at the top. It's upside down.

    However, having said that topsy-turvy means only upside down, I realise now that I have heard it used to mean messy or disorganised so yes, you could say that the things in the room are topsy-turvy. Don't say that the room itself is topsy-turvy.
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    Re: Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Thank you so much.

    Last question , Does any of "higgledy-piggledy" and "topsy-turvy" mean confusion?

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    Re: Are higgledy-piggledy and topsy-turvy have the same meaning ?

    Quote Originally Posted by mrmvp View Post
    Thank you so much.

    Last question ​- does any of either "higgledy-piggledy" and or "topsy-turvy" mean confusion?
    No.
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