fitzke at VOYAGER.NET
Mon Feb 28 14:48:33 UTC 2000
Seems to me there is either a song title or words in a song about "gee gaws and
Bob Haas wrote:
> 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
> > To: ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU
> > 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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