gimcrackery


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Synonyms for gimcrackery

ornamental objects of no great value

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As if the price of gas weren't high enough, Americans experienced new pain at the pumps this week as they watched the presidential candidates engage in gas-tax gimcrackery and gas-pump grandstanding aimed at squeezing out a few more votes per mile.
Not even Wall Drug was as good, where a pharmacy souvenir stand had sprawled and spread to Jurassic proportions, swallowing a town whole and offering to the visitor every piece of Indian and cowboy and pioneer and wildlife and mineral gimcrackery that had ever seduced a ten-year-old boy.
I am reminded of this piece of souvenir shop gimcrackery whenever I think of the little narrative that follows, the key scene of which takes places in this very office--although I was not, myself, present on that occasion.
427) of visitors, the 'tramp-tramp of tourists' through the region as a whole and visiting its individual sights, and the 'gimcrackery of the souvenir sort' packing the shops (p.
Along with outright falsity, remarks James MacKillop, the sins attributed to The Quiet Man include "sentimentalism, condescension, cliche and gimcrackery." (5) Taken together, Kennedy argues, such qualities add up to a view of "Irishness" that is "not less patronizing and oppressive than the collar-and-lead colonialism long exercised by Britain." (6) In recent years, as Irish Studies has attempted to make a place for itself in an Anglo-American postcolonial discourse driven by identity politics, this has become more and more the standard line.
Rightly or wrongly, Clancy's longstanding appeal is grounded in the perception that he's technically accurate when describing military hardware and other techno-wizard gimcrackery. When Clancy exploded on the book scene in the 1980s with The Hunt for Red October, a thriller about a Soviet nuclear submarine whose captain wants to defect, the book was praised in the highest military and policy circles for the author's grasp both of military technology and of the ways soldiers, spies, and politicians think about the technology.