Gimcracks and knickknacks

By: Louk Vreeswijk

Nov 23 2014

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Category: Australia, Oceania

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Aperture:f/3.1
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Camera:DMC-FS14

or: a girl’s paradise

An entire shop full of trinkets against a background of pink wall cloth and a tiger-like stripe pattern on the floor: a truly mouth-watering temptation!

In Dutch we have the nice word ‘snuisterijen’ for this kind of trinkets, containing the two vowel sounds ‘ui’ and ‘ij’ that non-native speakers always find hard to pronounce. But the English equivalents of ‘gewgaw’, ‘gimcrack’, and ‘knickknack’ definitely measure up to the Dutch in attractiveness.
In this girls’ paradise we feel like being in a linguistic paradise as well!

Photo of the week: China Town, Sydney, Australia 2013

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