whatzit

whatsis

and whatsit and whatzit and whazzit (ˈʍətsɪs and ˈʍətsɪt and ˈʍətsɪt and ˈʍəzɪt)
n. a name for a person or thing whose real name has been forgotten or is being avoided. Put this little whatzit on the top and another on the bottom.

whatzit

verb
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8 THE MASTER (Paul Thomas Anderson) So strange, so ambitiously wacky, so amazingly acted, so rigorously composed, this colossal whatzit triumphs over its limitations.
Four of the stories are humorous ("Spring Cleaning" by Dave Roman and Raina Telgemeier, "The Keeper's Treasure" by Jason Caffoe, "The Butter Thief" by Rad Sechrist, and "Whatzit" by Johane Matte with Saymone Phanekham), while "The Soldier's Daughter" by Stuart Livingston with Stephanie Ramirez conveys a serious pacifist message.
But there's a catch on ever drawer and you have to pull, slide your hand in, wiggle round, and unhitch the whatzit only to find it's not there anyway.
Okay, so imagine the President gives this judge the information--"I have to prepare for and go to a conference on such and such, and therefore need to postpone the next phase of the case." Can the state court trial judge for whatzit county tell the President that that's not a good enough reason to change things in his court and that the President should send the Vice-President to the conference on such and such?
She walked over and tweaked the wiggly whatzit with her beak.
"Looking For the `Great Whatzit': Kiss Me Deadly and Film Noir." Cinema Journal, 27.3 (Spring).
It arrives with a warranty card for you to return to Whatzit Manufacturing at P.O.
Lynne Warren's exhibition traces the heads' development back through the decades to Nutt's more familiar works of the 1960s, depicting characters such as Wiggly Woman and Johnny Whatzit. The handmade frames and changing palette of the intervening years constitute a compelling narrative.
Those Dirty Goddamn #@MM!!!" Elsewhere, finding a puzzled-and forlorn-looking character sitting alone, he heightens the man's perplexity by dotting his aura with question marks and supplying the caption "WHATZIT ALL ABOUT??" The same man or a similar one reappears nearby, having made the famously easy transition from bewilderment to rage: "I'M SO DEEPLY OFFENDED BY THE ACTIONS OF MY FELLOW HUMANS," he says, baring his teeth and exuding waves of rabid energy.
At the 10-year mark are "News of the Weird" creator Chuck Shepherd, The Dallas Morning News editorial cartoonist Bill DeOre, and "Whatzit?" puzzle creator Paul Sellers.
Now, one can hardly reference the studio or its recent success without invoking the Minions--those goggle-eyed, overall-wearing yellow whatzits that have helped buoy the studio to its current pole position--or Chris Meledandri, the exec responsible for their existence.
Conodonts: those fascinating little whatzits. Journal of Paleontology, 59, 485-194.
When they show up in middens or in fossil sites, they are usually set aside as unidentified whatzits. But now we had the solution to this puzzle.
And this year, grownups will love their own toy selection, ranging from electronic gizmos and whatzits to sports gadgets.
Make these abbreviations plural when the sense calls for it by adding an "s." Manually operated vehicles should be MOVs, and given this choice of abbreviation, manually operated vehicular whatzits shouldn't be abbreviated at all.