|World Wide Words||A letter to its webmaster,
written on Oct 12, 2004:
I'm writing from Madrid, Spain. I'm an English teacher here.
I think "gizmos" comes from Spanish. Like "hoosegow" (sorry if I mispelled it!). It'd come from "chismes", which has several meanings but one is "gadgets". I didn't know who to tell!, hahahahah, so here it goes!
Thanks for your page!
michelle, Madrid, Spain
|Reply, Oct 14, 2004||Thank you for your message. It's impossible to say for sure where"gizmo" comes from, though it is first recorded in late 1942 as US Marine Corps slang. I can't judge how likely it is that there was any significant Spanish influence in the Corps at the time.
Michael Quinion. Editor, World Wide Words
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