Word of the DayWednesday, September 17, 2014
\HIG-uhl-dee-PIG-uhl-dee\ , adverb;
in a jumbled, confused, or disorderly manner; helter-skelter.
Within six hours, Kesselring had ordered all or parts of eleven divisions to converge around the Colli Laziali in what he would later term a "higgledy-piggledy jumble."
-- Rick Atkinson, The Day of the Battle, 2007
It didn't have the higgledy-piggledy colors of a fire or a foul smoke to choke off your breath and set your eyes weeping.
-- Frederick Buechner, Brendan, 1987
Higgledy-piggledy came to English in the late 1500s and is a rhyming compound of uncertain origin.
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