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Gimcrack

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 12:54 pm
by skinem
In honor of what this season seems to become at times...

Gimcrack

Pronunciation: \ˈjim-ˌkrak\

Function:noun

Etymology: origin unknown

Date: 1676

: a showy object of little use or value : gewgaw
— gim·crack·ery\-ˌkra-k(ə-)rē\ noun

2 gimcrack

Function: adjective

Date: 1715

: cheap , shoddy

Re: Gimcrack

Posted: Mon Dec 22, 2008 1:38 pm
by sluggo
Apparently used the same two ways as "mickey mouse" and presumably others.

skinem wrote:
: cheap , shoddy


Aha! I think I've seen this word but never realized the G was voiced. Shoddenly "Jimmy crack corn and I don't care" has a meaning. :shock:

That is a revelation. Great word :)

Re: Gimcrack

Posted: Thu Dec 21, 2017 1:33 pm
by Slava
I want to re-suggest this word. It is seasonal, hasn't been done, and a treatment will help explain the song line "a gim that cracks."

Any other votes?