Many years ago salmagundi was a certain concoction of various foodstuffs. Today, it means any variety of things brought together. Salmagundi, according to Dr. Ebenezer Cobham Brewer, is a mixture of minced veal, chicken, or turkey, anchovies, or pickled herring, and onions, all chopped together and served with lemon-juice and oil. The word entered the English language in the seventeenth century, although its origin is unknown. Fable has it that salmagundi may have been invented by a lady of that name in the suite of Marie de Medici, wife of Henry IV. Others attribute the dish to a shawdowy eighteenth-century chef named Gondi or Gonde. Willard R. Espy says the word has even been associated with the nursery rhyme character Solomon Grundy. In 1807 Washington Irving published a humorus periodical titled Salmagundi. A magazine of the same name appeared in the 1960s. The name was also adopted by a club of prominent writers and artists. William and Mary Morris contribute a chant by children jumping rope called Salmagundy a bastardization of "Solomon Grundy": "Salmagundy, born on Monday, christened on Tuesday, married on Wednesday, sick on Thursday, worse on Friday, died on Saturday, buried on Sunday, and that was the end of Salmagundy."

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