Bob Haas highbob at MINDSPRING.COM
Mon Feb 28 03:53:30 UTC 2000

Oh, yeah, geegaw.  Gewgaw's a variation, or vice versa. A knick-knack, a
thingamajig, a widget, a what-not.  Although for me, it's always had a
certain play-purty connotation.  And it's not to be confused with, although
it's certainly related to a whimmy-diddle, or to be more precise, a gee-haw
whimmy-diddle.  That's geegaw, as opposed to "gee-haw" whimmy-diddle.  All
whimmy-diddles are geegaws, but not all geegaws are whimmy-diddles.

> From: Stephanie Hysmith <sh120888 at OHIO.EDU>
> Reply-To: American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
> Date: Sun, 27 Feb 2000 18:39:12 -0500
> Subject: Re: gee-gaw
> I always thought it was gew-gaw [gyu g backward c]. I've never seen gee-gaw.
> Stephanie
>> On the chance you meant the former, I pronounce it with the same sound at
>> the beginning of each syllable, which is the "g" from the word "gee."
>> From the NC mountains,
>> bob
> Dennis asked:
>>> To return to what we are here for (but with an obvious reference to what is
>>> going on), how do y'all pronounce "gee-gaw."

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