Whatsit

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Whatsit

A generic term for any product, especially a manufactured product. It is used in text books and academic papers to provide an example without using specifics. A whatsit is a less common term than a widget, and usually is used if the example includes two products: widgets and whatsits.
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They hate that," says Blanken, fresh from a workshop with the whatchamacallits in L.
Future inventors will enjoy the Doodad Dump, where materials donated by various local industries can be glued together to form an infinite variety of thingamajigs and whatchamacallits.
This morning I bought one of those whatchamacallits that keep you from getting lost.
In addition to gadgets, gimmicks, gizmos, dinguses, doodads and doojiggers, we seem to have several dozen whatchamacallits as well.
Some troops made SWAPS - Special Whatchamacallits Affectionately Pinned Somewhere - that the girls could collect as keepsakes of the various countries.