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Sunday, August 03, 2008

Definitions for brummagem

  1. Cheap and showy, tawdry; also, spurious, counterfeit.

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Citations for brummagem
But demanding that publishers replace their brummagem wares with books which embody Kunin's "high standards of excellence" would be a promising -- and cost-free -- way to begin. Betty McCollister, Humanist
The distortions they bring on damage society and fuel defiant behavior, encouraging everything from immigrations to the Cayman Islands, to active distortions of reality through brummagem corporate filings. William F. Buckley, Jr., National Review
Origin of brummagem
1630-1640
Brummagem is an alteration of Birmingham, England, from the counterfeit groats produced there in the 17th century.