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  • n. tastelessness

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Ornamental objects of no great value.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Showy unsubstantiality. Also spelled jimcrackery.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. ornamental objects of no great value


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  • Hell, Al Gore had won just two years earlier for his global warming gimcrackery, but even Gore was not the most fraudulent of winners.

    Deconstructing Obama

  • If you're interested in anything deeper than cable gimcrackery, I recommend giving it a read.

    David Roberts: Cleaning Some of the Fox Off of Van Jones

  • They're laboring to depict one man's ultimate nightmare through special effects bells and whistles, through laytex, CGI and all manner of postproduction gimcrackery when this character has already survived his ultimate nightmare - watching his young daughter die slowly of an inoperable disease.

    Stay scared

  • But gutborne reactons like that go a long way to suggesting why there'll always be Big Business in base, "ghost train gimcrackery" what a line! at the expense of genuine soul-rending horror, no matter how much we who yearn for something deeper lament it.

    April come she will

  • To try to reduce the entire idiom to ghost train gimcrackery would be to limit the possibilities and not expand them.

    April come she will

  • There's merit to both viewpoints but DotD08 squanders these possibilities in favor of shakycam braggadocio and ghoulish gimcrackery that played a lot better in PLANET TERROR 2007, which wasn't even that good either.

    Stick a fork in it

  • In the old days, even short story writing was lucrative enough to merit gimcrackery classified ads.

    February 2008

  • "The Darjeeling Limited" -- which opens the New York Film Festival this evening, and opens elsewhere beginning tomorrow -- is the first of Anderson's movies that has elicited even the mildest scrap of affection from me: I feel warmly toward it, although I reserve the right to remain wary of its aging-hipster gimcrackery.

    Salon reviews The Darjeeling Limited

  • And, unlike other activities, measurement can generate lots of false wisdom and argument and smoke and bad feelings and gimcrackery.

    Shirky to TN Readers: Help Me Out?

  • (As in the Nuremberg Laws, the Jim Crow laws, South Africa's apartheid code, whatever legal gimcrackery Stalin used to prop up his show trials.)

    Nobel Sentiments


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