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What does the word 'brummagem' really mean?

And what's it's etymological meaning

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  • 2 months ago
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    From the Oxford English dictionary website:

    brummagem adjective

    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.

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