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Thursday, September 07, 2017

Definitions for whoosis

  1. Informal. an object or person whose name is not known or cannot be recalled: It's the whoosis next to the volume control.
  2. Informal. a person or thing considered typical or illustrative: the usual paragraph about the party given by Mme. Whoosis.

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Citations for whoosis
We'll forget about what the King sent whoosis--Abdulmecid. Stanley Elkin, George Mills, 1982
Compare the Phelps, Dillon, Hillyer, whoosis and whoosis, damn if I can remember their names, with the men whose point of view is excluded from the goddamn colleges and subsidized reviews.... Ezra Pound, "To Douglas McPherson, September 2, 1939," The Letters of Ezra Pound 1907–1941, 1950
Origin of whoosis
1920-1925
Whoosis is an alteration of the phrase “who's this.” It was first recorded between 1920–25.