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: a showy trifle : bauble, trinket
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bauble, bibelot, curio, curiosity, doodad, gaud, gimcrack, kickshaw, knickknack (also nicknack), novelty, ornamental, tchotchke, trinket
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circa 1529, in the meaning defined above
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: a small thing that has little value
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by force of circumstances
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Read this into the night.
A common word, but only by a whisker
Semantic bleaching and the power to amaze
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The story of an imaginary word that managed to sneak past our editors and enter the dictionary.
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The awkward case of 'his or her'
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