Being a compendium of words divine, puerile, absurd, vulgar and altogether wonderful
Being a compendium of words either awesome to roll across the tongue, or of which it is startling to consider the meaning, or curious etymology.
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Being a compendium of words either awesome to roll across the tongue, or of which it is startling to consider the meaning, or curious etymology.

Most of these definitions and etymologies have been hybridized from a number of sources. Thanks to, an amazing online resource, and which aggregates definitions from countless other dictionaries. Nods also to Webster’s Third International and Wikipedia for some definitions and backstories, and in the greatest part to the Online Etymology Dictionary  

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Kitsch -  from German kitsch, lit. "gaudy, trash," from dialectal kitschen "to smear.": excessively garish, or in bad taste or of lowbrow quality or condition: “teetering on the brink of kitsch.”  As refers to a work of art or an object: garish, pretentious, or sentimental, usu. vulgar and worthless (think kitsch plastic models of the royal family). Well, the Germans might have originated the concept, but somehow Americans upped the ante and probably produces more kitsch than any other nation on Earth.

Karma - 1827, in Buddhism,...

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Giggle - The earliest known usage of giggle in English dates from the 16th century [Akin to gaggle: cf. OD. ghichelen, G. kichern.] To laugh with short catches of the breath or voice; to laugh in a light, affected, puerile or silly manner; to titter with childish levity. “Giggling and laughing with all their might At the piteous hap of the fairy wight.” J. R. Drake.

Gooey -1893, American English slang, from goo + -y. The first element perhaps somehow imitative, or shortened from burgoo (1787) "thick porridge." As for goo, 1903, American...

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