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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And, by our reckoning, 10 of the top 12 largest whatchamacallit manufacturers have the word "spa" as a part of their names.
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.
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.
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.
Here's to this plumb crazy blur of happenin's an' whatchamacallits we call life, even when it deals us out a shitty old hand like this.
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.