Origin of the word "Gizmo" (speculative/woolgathering)

Stephen Goranson goranson at DUKE.EDU
Fri Dec 8 10:52:59 UTC 2006

Quoting "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>:

> Besides "fanciful coinage" and "adopted from language X", one might
> consider "military acronym". [....]

IIRC, my Dad (d. 1960), who was USNA 1940, at Pearl Harbor in 1941 (on the
Pennsylvania), and in the rest of the Pacific war, MIT 1949, used the word

Stephen Goranson

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