ticky-tacky


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ticky-tacky

(ˈtɪkitæki)
n. cheap and shabby material. Those houses are just made of ticky-tacky, and they won’t even be here in twenty years.
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There's a red one and a yellow one, And they're all made out of ticky-tacky, And they all look just the same.
The latest in scientific social conditioning, now applied to children by The Corporation, which raises most of them because six-job-two-parent families are busy with their upward ticky-tacky mobility which just keeps looping anyway and never goes up at all?
Again, this is ticky-tacky material but it became one of the very few pieces the Post ran on the lieutenant governor contest.
Too many people crammed into one corner of our country, paying silly prices for ticky-tacky homes within commuting distance, travelling on roads and railways that can't cope.
Pacheco added: "I sat through the Las Vegas hearing and it was six hours of ticky-tacky, hair-splitting sheer nonsense.
Then again, as a little kid I lived in a pale green ticky-tacky house under the test-flight path of Northrop's Flying Wings.
The home market has become very competitive, especially at the high end, and builders can no longer put up little boxes made of ticky-tacky and expect to find buyers.
To social critics, of course, the guys in white shirts represented conformist "mass man," consigned to live a bland, unfulfilling existence in "little boxes made of ticky-tacky.
Residents were worried that unchecked development might turn historic Main Street into a ticky-tacky strip mall or divide large tracts of property into small lots.
GRAHAM Brendan Rodgers must stop the ticky-tacky system for the defence as evident on Sunday.
Pencoedtre is a remnant of the great forests which once cloaked much of Wales and is far more worthy than densely-packed, ticky-tacky, dry-walled houses and bland factory units which will probably be fled by their occupants once development money runs out.
But it also reminds me not to rely on lazy prejudices: Los Angeles is no longer just charming ticky-tacky but becoming now a serious city; serious architects whose mannerisms are not yours can, on form, remind you why others bother with them; and all those chirpy transport officials, overtly surprised and pleased to be in a quality building, are merely getting a little bit of the payoff that architecture was supposed to be about: namely, delight.