A word I just learned…

… reading S.J. Perelman:

olla-podrida

(He uses a hyphen, Merriam-Webster online doesn’t.)

“Until Sorong, the last port, we had as well on the third-class deck a bevy of twenty Balinese cows vaguely descended from carabao, the water buffalo renowned in song and story. All this olla-podrida makes for sound, smell, and lots of activity – and no gainful work whatever for your snaggle-toothed admirer, who has been dreaming away the days like crazy.”