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tchotchke (CHACH-kuh) noun, also chotchke, chachka, tsatske
A trinket; knickknack.
[From Yiddish tshatshke (trinket), from obsolete Polish czaczko.]
"And the entire hotel is festooned with fun, travel-inspired touches ...
rooms and suites feature exotic tchotchkes and photographs on loan from
the American Himalayan Foundation."
"The last thing Go! needs in her overstuffed, clapboard-shingled shack
is another tchotchke, gimcrack, or gewgaw, but we'll take any excuse
It's that time of the year again when we feature odds-and-ends. One-of-a-kind words. Words that are unusual, picturesque, whimsical, esoteric, or intriguing. And like all the creatures in this world, this week's words serve a purpose (as shown by their accompanying citations). They make our verbal universe richer and more diverse. So here they are. We've coaxed them out of the dictionary -- it's not often that one finds them in the open -- and we hope you'll welcome them in your diction.
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