whatchamacallit


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doohickey

A name for a gadget or thing whose actual name is unknown or has been forgotten. Where's that doohickey? I need it to finish this repair. Hand me that doohickey or whatever it's called, will you?

doohickey

verb

whatchamacallit

(ˈʍətʃəməˈkɑlɪt)
n. a name for a person or thing whose real name has been forgotten or is being avoided. I lost my—you know—my whatchamacallit—my watch!

whatchamacallit

Something whose name is not known or has been forgotten. A slangy alteration of “what you may call it,” it dates from the first quarter of the twentieth century. For example, “He’s got that new gadget on his car, a whatchamacallit—oh, a GPS.” Similar if not quite synonymous terms are doohickey and thingamabob, dating from about the same time. For example, “The Digital Book System . . . a doohickey slightly bigger than a cassette box—that stores the equivalent of 10 Bibles” (Newsweek, December 7, 1992).
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In addition, Triple K does not follow the current trend of painting a widget black, naming it The Homeland Defense Extreme Tactical Whatchamacallit and selling it for 600 percent over what it really should cost.
Make up a name, say "Brian," who will be a fictional boy your friend danced with two summers ago at Camp Whatchamacallit. Go up to the guy you decided to approach, and ask him to settle a bet: "Some of us think you're this guy Brian, some think not.
Because I'd tied the whatchamacallit to the antenna.
Not another 600- word whatchamacallit on that thingamajig called iPhone 4.
If winter wants to cut in front of the trick-or-treaters, we have to shovel the whatchamacallit from the walks and brush the snowcaps from the jack-o'-lanterns - and try to snicker and chuckle as we do.
Sending children out the day after one of their most-anticipated nights of the year would seem to smack more of Whatchamacallit than Halloween.
It can help set new direction, expand possibility or use up that box of whatchamacallits you have been hoarding.
We want them, but we don't really need all those whatchamacallits our friends seem to be enjoying according to their social posts.
Y con el arribo de un esceptico contador llamado Henry (Bateman), que viene a auditar las piezas de 'Legos' y de 'Lincoln Logs' y tambien claro esta de los 'whodathoughts' y los 'Whatchamacallits', unos cambios misteriosos embaten al otrora resplandeciente y colorido imperio, con sus juguetes aun ahi dentro pero ahora grisaceos y quietos.
"All those double and triple whatchamacallits. They make it look so easy."
It was a hot summer afternoon in Brooklyn, circa 1965, and my mother and I had just been to the hardware store, Doody's, which never failed to charm me both with its variety of products--everything from lumber and appliances, to hinges, tools, small metal whatchamacallits that seemed to have some astonishingly esoteric uses--and of course for its excremental name.
"They hate that," says Blanken, fresh from a workshop with the whatchamacallits in L.A.
Future inventors will enjoy the Doodad Dump, where materials donated by various local industries can be glued together to form an infinite variety of thingamajigs and whatchamacallits. Other exhibits-such as a climbing structure with movable bars, and a tunnel that can be reconfigured to zig here and zag there-just encourage creative physical play.
But did I discard a single one of these whatchamacallits? Of course not.
Jammed in tight were the accoutrements of this two-year-old - appliances, contraptions, doodads, doohickeys, paraphernalia and colourful provisions, to set up and supply her with the essential tackle, thingamajigs, and whatchamacallits that her little heart is fixed upon.