One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1With capital initial. As a generic surname, especially in comic strips or in an invented company name.
2Nonsense, jargon; commotion, confusion.
3Especially in imitations of jargon or technical vocabulary: a thing which the speaker cannot or does not name, a thingy.
1940s; earliest use found in Nevada State Journal (Reno). Origin uncertain. Perhaps a humorous use of the surname Frammis, attested earlier in the 20th cent. Compare.
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