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h2g2's 10,000th Entry

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Nick Reynolds Nick Reynolds | 17:05 UK time, Thursday, 21 October 2010

This is a just a quick post to tell you that on Monday h2g2, the BBC's popular community site published its 10,000th Edited Guide Entry. The honour goes to Gismos, Whatsits and Thingummys: A Guide to Vague English written by Icy North.

Thingy wasn't a vague term until the 20th Century - it was just a Scottish term for a little thing, usually spelled 'thingie'. The extended forms thingamabob and thingamajig are 18th and 19th Century respectively, with the 'bob' and 'jig' endings having the sense of 'trick' or 'joke'.

As Dog Winters says on Twitter: "try finding THAT on wikipedia!".

Nick Reynolds is Social Media Executive, BBC Online



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