Friday, September 11, 2009

Five Odd Words ...

It's Friday and thus time for

Five Odd Words In Common Usage
  • Doodad
  • Thingamajig
  • Doohickey
  • Whatchamacallit
  • Widget

Just so you understand how odd these words are, let's look at some of the definitions of doodad:
  1. An un-nameable gadget of some sort, possibly highly technical.
  2. Another meaning for father or dad.
  3. A father of Indian descent.
  4. For when you use thingamajig too much: used to refer to an object you can't remember name for.
  5. "Doodad" can be used as a noun, a verb, or an adjective. Adjective: You add "-ish" to the end of this word to state an opinion if you're not sure if you like this or not and don't want to insult someone. Noun: You can use it for it's common, bland meaning as a nameless object, but you can also call someone a doodad to describe them as call or as uncool. Verb: You can use doodad as a verb to describe that you are doing something nameless and/or that you don't want to explain.

So I could emit any of the following three sentences and make perfect sense:
Adjective: "Eh, I suppose it's doodaddish."
Noun: "Oh my God, he was being SUCH a doodad!"
Verb: "Nothing much, just doodadding."
Your task, should you accept it, is to think of other odd words that have grown into similar catchall status.


  1. Yada yada yada


    wonky (although this probably doesn't fit this game, but I love the word because of how it sounds)

    Okay, I got 3, but in my defense, I just woke up and this is the first blog I've read. My brain isn't functioning yet.

  2. Can you pass the salsa?

    Anybody want to go salsaing?

  3. To think that "googling" is a forever part of our language now! I think it's too close to "ogling". Little unsettling, don't you think?

  4. Hmm....I honestly can't think of any off the top of my head BUT now that I know it will drive me crazy......I will return with one or more!!! lol


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