Gewgaws vs. Gimcracks

My dear as a matter of fact I have been a collector of gewgaws for all my life. I believe gew gaws is a northern word and gimcracks southern. Added to this I take umbrage with the connotation that they are gaudy. They are indeed beeuuteeful.
Love, Mom

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    • 1.  Julie

      I’ve lived in the south all my life and trust me, “gimcracks” isn’t southern!

      May 11, 2008 at 10:57 am

    • 2.  mum2B

      heehee “gimcracks” ….. “geegaws….” I’ve lived on this planet all my life and have never heard of either! They sound obscene, but I think it’s hilarous that the mother uses the word ombrage while reflecting on her feelings toward others’ opinion of her collection ….

      May 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm

    • 3.  angela

      “Gimcracks” is definietly NOT a southern word. I live in Georgia and I have never heard of it, but I will start using it now. It is a great word.

      May 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm

    • 4.  Ruth

      You are obviously way to young!!!!!!

      May 11, 2008 at 5:43 pm

    • 5.  ELRJ

      I love that this life-long, even avid, collector of, what I can only guess, are quaint and possibly gaudy novelties also uses words like “umbrage” and “connotation” and “indeed”. What, I ask, attracts her to these curious collectibles?

      May 13, 2008 at 12:20 pm

    • 6.  Jessie

      I’m dying to know what they are….. What are gewgaws and gimcracks?

      May 21, 2008 at 11:22 pm

    • 7.  mom

      After Jimmy cracked da corn he told me they really are rightly called bibelot at least last time he was in France

      May 22, 2008 at 2:15 am

    • 8.  mom's co-worker

      I know & enjoy daily interaction with the mom of geegaw & gimcrack fame. She had a magnificent collection of geegaws & gimcracks in her former cubicle. Her last find almost made me scream.

      My Missouri born (1880′s) wonderful grandmother used these words when I was very young. I remember them well.

      Sadly, I am addicted to this stuff & have it all over the darn house. Mine are keepsakes, mementos, little tiny memories. Almost all can be described as geegaws & gimcracks.

      May 23, 2008 at 8:21 pm

    • 9.  snee

      i suppose just saying “crap” would cause umbrage?

      May 25, 2008 at 1:57 am

    • 10.  web diversions

      so am i to surmise that a “Geegaw” is the same thing as “knicknack”?

      June 3, 2008 at 2:20 pm

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