a small worthless object, especially a household ornament.
synonyms: trinket, novelty, gewgaw, bibelot, ornament,
trifle, bauble, gimcrack, curio, tchotchke, memento, souvenir
Confession time! I have a knick-knack fetish. These are the shelves in my dining area. As you can see, my taste runs to glassware, booze bottles (common in European culture; some are rare collectables), art plates, photo frames, books and souvenirs. Yes, I love all my little baubles – many have sentimental value – except when it comes to dusting them. Talk about a boring, time-consuming task! Next time, I’ll try doing it with full presence. Confession #2: Sometimes, I merely swipe at them lackadaisically (don’t you love that word too?) with a feather duster. Looks good enough if you don’t get too close. 😉
Another knick-knack obsession is fridge magnets.
Some are souvenirs from our travels, while others have funny or cute sayings.
(Frankenmuth is a picturesque German town in northern Michigan, U.S.A.
Stay tuned for the ensuing travel article.)
Then there’s the old nursery rhyme, which is unrelated to the above, or is it?
This song’s origins are fairly obscure, but it may or may not have had something to do with the Irish potato famine. Folk singer Pete Seeger recorded it in 1953 and it appeared in the film, The Inn of the Sixth Happiness in 1958.
Etymology for the word “Knick-Knack” is also somewhat hazy:
Do you collect knick-knacks? If so, what kind?
Can you tell us anything about the origins of this nursery rhyme?
Looking forward to your comments!