In looking for a good word to describe this set of faces from many sources, I first hit upon potpourri. That seemed misleadingly fragrant, so then I wondered whether there might be an alliterative word that would work. Enter the online thesaurus.
farrago: a confused mixture
Well, that’s sort of rude but it seemed like the best of a bad lot, frankly. Who’s in charge of this language?
I found boring words.
I found misleading words for the context.
I found words even ruder than farrago.
jumble, mess, mishmash, hodgepodge, ragbag
I found words I hear too much.
diversity, miscellany, pastiche, mash-up
I found words I’ve never heard.
gallimaufray, olio, macédoine, omnium gatherum
I found words that reminded me of songs.
Ah, look at all the lonely faces:
Where do they all come from?
– “Salamagundi” (I mean, “Eleanor Rigby”)
I did not find the word I wanted: alliterative, and connotative of a delightful surprise.
Anyway, these lonely faces come from the I-81 and from our house, in which I have lately been spending a completely unnatural amount of time. No points for guessing which are from which.