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Monday, 14 December 2015

Spot the Frippet: dinges

You know, a dinges...it's the South African word for a whatchamacallit, a widget, a thingamajig, a whatsit, a thingumabob, a whatshisname, an oojamaflip a thingy, a veeblefetzer.

Do you know what I mean? 

No? 

Well, then, a cumsicom: a dingbat, a doodad, a doohickey, the gubbins.

Anyway, the thing is, when you spot it, enjoy it, okay?

Spot the Frippet: dinges comes from the Afrikaans ding, thing. Cumsiecom comes from the Italian come si chiama, which means what do you call it? and doohickey and veeblefetzer are both Yiddish words for contraption.

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