March 14, 2019
cockamamie (adjective)
\kah-kuh-MAY-mee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: ridiculous, incredible
How do you use it?
"My father zeroed in on Abby. ‘Does this have something to do with your cockamamie idea to turn my yard into a jungle?'" (Jerry Spinelli, _Crash_)
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For how long do you think the word "cockamamie" has been part of the English language?

Our evidence suggests that "cockamamie" (also spelled "cockamamy") has only been around since the 1960s. Although language scholars aren't sure, they think that "cockamamie" may be an alteration of the word "decalcomania," which refers to "the art of transferring pictures." This same word, "decalcomania," is also the source of the word "decal," which refers to "a picture, design, or label made to be transferred (as to glass) from specially prepared paper." "Decalcomania" traces back to the French words "decalquer," meaning "to copy by tracing," and "manie," meaning "mania, craze."
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