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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

gizmo

\GIZ-moh\ , noun;
1.
A mechanical device or part whose name is forgotten or unknown; a gadget.
Quotes:
Perhaps mindful that the machines might not swing, Metheny began with the gizmos turned off, employing an acoustic guitar for dark, Spanish-tinged tunes.
-- Karl Stark, "Metheny's gizmo sidemen a bit flat", Philadephia Inquirer
Why did we have to wait until the end of the twentieth century for this gizmo to see the light of day?
-- Paul Auster, Timbuktu
Origin:
Gizmo was originally 1940s U.S. Navy and Marine Corps slang, whose source is unknown.
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