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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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But what gets on my whatsits is anchorman Walker always telling us not to go away when the ads are about to come on.
If the furry little whatsits still come calling, try placing sachets of Ratak rat and mouse killer along well-trodden paths, being VERY mindful of children and domestic animals.
Life has a habit of booting you in the whatsits when you least expect it.
I wouldn't want to be a guinea pig and then find me whatsits dropped off," says Ron elegantly.
reading, writing and discussing offside thingies and penalty whatsits with his pals.
The smart money says it involves a kicking - either in the whatsits or out of the house.
No doubt these gizmos are the dogs' whatsits but, ye Gods, just think about the size of the instruction manuals.