Michael Quinion TheEditor at WORLDWIDEWORDS.ORG
Wed Nov 5 10:58:08 UTC 2003

Writing World Wide Words is both educational and frustrating. A
subscriber asks about the meaning and origin of "dealybob". I assume
from context that it's one of those hand-waving terms for something
small whose name one can't quite recall, like thingummy or doohickey,
but does anyone have any information on its age or origin?
Michael Quinion
Editor, World Wide Words
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