brummagem

[bruhm-uh-juh m]
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noun
  1. a showy but inferior and worthless thing.

Origin of brummagem

1630–40; local variant of Birmingham, England (Compare Bromwichham, Bromecham (17th century), Middle English Burmingeham); orig. in allusion to counterfeit coins produced there in the 17th cent.
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Brummagem

noun
  1. an informal name for Birmingham Often shortened to: Brum
  2. (sometimes not capital) something that is cheap and flashy, esp imitation jewellery
adjective
  1. (sometimes not capital) cheap and gaudy; tawdry

Word Origin for Brummagem

C17: from earlier Bromecham, local variant of Birmingham
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Word Origin and History for brummagem
adj.

"cheap and showy," 19c., from a noun, from the vulgar pronunciation of Birmingham, England, in reference to articles mass-manufactured there. The word also recalls Birmingham's old reputation for counterfeiting.

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