Portal #12 Gizmo Widget Gadget


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first there was “gadget”

francaise- then “gizmo” to quirk

you to “widget’s” way!

noun: widget; plural noun: widgets
a small gadget or mechanical device, especially one whose name is unknown or unspecified.
an application, or a component of an interface, that enables a user to perform a function or access a service.

(reached its heaviest use in the 1980’s)


noun: gizmo; plural noun: gizmos;
a gadget, especially one whose name the speaker does not know or cannot recall.
“the latest multimedia gizmo”
1940s (originally US): of unknown origin.
(still reaching its heaviest use in 2016)


noun: gadget; plural noun: gadgets
a small mechanical device or tool, especially an ingenious or novel one.
“a state-of-the-art kitchen with every conceivable gadget”
synonyms:    appliance, apparatus, instrument, implement, tool, utensil, contrivance, contraption, machine, mechanism, device, labor-saving device, convenience, invention; More
informal gizmo, widget
Origin: French
 (19th century nautical use “gagee” or tool)

(heaviest use: 1950’s)


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