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- noun obsolete A
whimsical object; a trinket.
- noun A
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In a Bluehead regiment, he would probably just have had to scrub the oxidation off with his whim-wham, but the Greenheads are very detail-oriented and traditional.
"Rabbit Test", recently published at Fantastic Metropolis, is another story in the mode of autobiographical fabulism, and though its metaphysical whim-wham is less mind-bending than in some of Ford's other stories, nevertheless it is a strange and affecting tale, one which could easily have been published in a mainstream literary magazine indeed, I often wonder why The New Yorker hasn't snapped Ford up, as he'd be a perfect fit for their pages.
Under an aristocracy, for example, such as prevailed, in one form or another, in England, Germany, Italy and France before the war, it is possible to give doctrinaires a relatively free rein, for even if they succeed in converting the mob to their whim-wham, there remain insuperable impediments to its adoption and execution as law.
So much for the commencement of this long whim-wham.
"In our family whim-wham is a code, a defanged reference to any number of moods and psychological disorders, be they depressive, manic, or schizoaffective," writes poet David Lovelace in this visceral memoir.
In one of the best of these stories, "Bright Morning", collected in The Fantasy Writer's Assistant, the narrator describes his novels as "fantasy/adventure stories with a modicum of metaphysical whim-wham that some find to be insightful and others have termed 'overcooked navel gazing'", a description that could even more easily apply to this particular strand of Ford's short fiction, though "overcooked" is not a term I would think of for these stories, and if there is navel-gazing, it's a superficial element necessary to the overall effect.
"So," the Texan said, nodding, "you’ve been swallowin’ down a whim-wham or two your ownself?"
I was saying break out directly with a rash desire to spend more money upon a whim-wham to wind up the sun. "
He has gone to buy screws, or something, to make a whim-wham to wind up the sun. "
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