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brummagem

[bruhm-uh-juh m] /ˈbrʌm ə dʒəm/
adjective
1.
showy but inferior and worthless.
noun
2.
a showy but inferior and worthless thing.
Origin
1630-1640
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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British Dictionary definitions for brummagem

Brummagem

/ˈbrʌmədʒəm/
noun
1.
an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to Brum
2.
(sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery
adjective
3.
(sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry
Word Origin
C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham
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Word Origin and History for brummagem
adj.

"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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