Funny words, knick knacks

Knick Knacks is kind of a cute term, I think.  Whether knick knacks themselves are cute is in the eye of the beholder.  Knick knacks are small decorative items used to decorate the home, often in the form of a particular object.  Animals are very popular, so are angles, clowns or cute babies.

Knick knacks are generally small and not expensive but rather the trivial little objects one picks up during travels or gets as presents from friends and family members. The get displayed on fireplace mantles or in shelves especially if a larger number of themed knick knack has been collected, e.g. frog figurines from all over the world.

The word, as expected, is very old and dates back to the 17th century.

Here are a coupe of examples:

“what are you getting Mary for her birthday?”

“I bought a cute little frog figurine at an antique store the other day.  You know how much she likes knick knacks.”

or

“I’d go crazy leaving in Aunt Harriet’s house.  Knick knacks everywhere, on every shelf, mantle, window sill.  I’d give all that stuff away!”

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