brummagem

brummagem

[bruhm-uh-juhm]
adjective
1.
showy but inferior and worthless.
noun
2.
a showy but inferior and worthless thing.

Origin:
1630–40; local variant of Birmingham, England (Compare Bromwichham, Bromecham (17th century), Middle English Burmingeham); orig. in allusion to counterfeit coins produced there in the 17th cent.

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Brummagem (ˈbrʌmədʒəm)
 
n
1.  an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to: Brum
2.  (sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery
 
adj
3.  (sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry
 
[C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham]

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brummagem
"cheap and showy," 19c., from a noun, from the vulgar pronunciation of Birmingham, England, in reference to articles mass-manufactured there. The word also recalls Birmingham's old reputation for counterfeiting.
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