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Is a geegaw the same as a doohickey?

 
 
Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:06 pm
Or a doodad?
A thingamajig?
A thingamabob?
A dealy?
A dojigger?
A whatsit?
A tchotchke?
A knick-knack?
A whatchamacallit?

Are these words interchangable?

Just curious!
 
roger
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:08 pm
@boomerang,
No. Doohickies are functional (more or less). Geegaws tend to be more decorative. Gizzerblinkers are an electronic version of Geegaws.
Seed
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:09 pm
For the most part, I don't see why not. Though a Knick Knack, to me is a little trinket or something that is put up around the house.

Everything else though, to me, interchangeable.
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boomerang
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:09 pm
@roger,
So is a gizzerblinker the same as a gizmo?
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:15 pm
@boomerang,
I think of a geegaw as something shiny and decorative and wearable. That Madeleine, she's always got geegaws all over her sweater.

Doohickeys do something. Give me that doohickey, the one that turns to the left.

tchotchke and knick-knacks are decorative things that sit on shelves and need to be dusted (or thrown out). they've probably got some kind of sentimental value. i think of them having different cultural meaning and value.

I think the other words also have different meanings from each other for the most part - a few might be interchangable, but generally no.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:17 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

No. Doohickies are functional (more or less). Geegaws tend to be more decorative. Gizzerblinkers are an electronic version of Geegaws.

correct roger
Widgets are the commercial version of doohickies
I never heard of a gizzerblinker before. I think you made that up!

Wimwoms are somewhat old fashioned and only suitable for a goose's bridle
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:19 pm
@dadpad,
I prefer googaws in that they tend to be more decorative than doohickies.. which tend to be more like gizmos.
farmerman
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:20 pm
@ossobuco,
I see were enjoying the new buds I sent everyone for Christmas.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:21 pm
@farmerman,
am not..
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dlowan
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:24 pm
@boomerang,
boomerang wrote:

Or a doodad?
A thingamajig?
A thingamabob?
A dealy?
A dojigger?
A whatsit?
A tchotchke?
A knick-knack?
A whatchamacallit?

Are these words interchangable?

Just curious!


We talking imperial or metric measures here?
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:24 pm
@dadpad,
dadpad wrote:


I never heard of a gizzerblinker before. I think you made that up!



DID NOT!

The original gizzerblinker was a 12 oz soft drink with a bulb on top that somewhat resembled a flickering flame. The application has expanded since the early '70s.
dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:26 pm
@boomerang,
yep I was right roger made that word up.
google gizzerblinker.
ehBeth
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:27 pm
@farmerman,
http://static.guim.co.uk/sys-images/Guardian/Pix/pictures/2008/03/01/dietrich460x276.jpg

I'm positively festive, lambikins.
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roger
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:29 pm
@dadpad,
I did, and it took me back to my own earlier post. Your problem, dadpad, you just don't recognize a primary source when you meet one.
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dadpad
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:36 pm
@roger,
roger wrote:

dadpad wrote:


I never heard of a gizzerblinker before. I think you made that up!


DID NOT!


did too! Razz
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Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:55 pm
Nobody's even mentioned a goomer yet.

And has anyone said 'whozamajigger' yet, for that matter?
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 09:57 pm
Googaw may be the california version of geegaw, which I've never heard of.

Goomer? You're not speaking of gomers, are ya? (I'm a little sensitive about that word.)
roger
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 10:37 pm
@ossobuco,
Goobers are boiled peanuts - in the shell.
ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 29 Dec, 2009 10:40 pm
@roger,
So goomers would be? boiled macadamias?
Merry Andrew
 
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Reply Wed 30 Dec, 2009 12:01 am
@ossobuco,
A goomer is the same as a whatchamacallit but the etymology is different. 'Goomer' comes to us via Spanish from 'goomer say-yammo,' meaning 'whatchamacallit.'

And, btw, I've never heard of a googaw. Californians. Sheesh. Always been a geegaw where I came of age.
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