So you connect your veeblefetzer with your whatsit…

Stan Carey guest-posts on Merriam-Webster on “placeholder terms,” words that refer to “something whose name we can’t or don’t intend to retrieve.” (I like “kipple,” apparently from Philip K. Dick, for ” ‘useless objects, like junk mail or [empty] match folders’ which seem to reproduce when no one’s looking.”

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