batiburrillo [noun, m] – hotchpotch, jumble, mish-mash, chaos

This little gem of a word cropped up in the subtitles of a quirky American TV show that my partner and I were watching the other evening. It was the programme ‘Oddities’, about the weird and wonderful objects that are bought and sold in the curiosity shop ‘Obscura’ in Manhatten. The subtitler had written “en esta tienda hay un batiburrillo de cosas” and the original English phrase was an exclamation about the “assortment of nik naks” the shop had on offer. It’s always fun to watch the telly with subtitles if you’re a language nerd!


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