What does the word 'brummagem' really mean?
And what's it's etymological meaning
- ♥Sweetness♥Lv 72 months agoFavorite Answer
From the Oxford English dictionary website:
brum·ma·gem | \ ˈbrə-mi-jəm \
Definition of brummagem
also : cheaply showy : TAWDRY
a bilious combination of brummagem melodrama and synthetic seascapes
— John McCarten
I couldn't find much on the etymology of the word other than this:
"cheap and showy," 1829, from a noun formed from the vulgar pronunciation (noted by 1800) of Birmingham, England, in reference to articles mass-manufactured there. The word also recalls Birmingham's old reputation for counterfeiting.