Word of the Day for Tuesday April 4, 2006 is definitely a word worth incorporating into the everyday.
brummagem \BRUHM-uh-juhm\, adjective:Cheap and showy, tawdry; also, spurious, counterfeit.
But demanding that publishers replace their brummagem wares with books which embody Kunin's "high standards of excellence" would be a promising -- and cost-free -- way to begin.-- Betty McCollister, "A Conspiracy of Good Intentions: America's Textbook Fiasco", Humanist, November-December, 1993.
The distortions they bring on damage society and fuel defiant behavior, encouraging everything from immigrations to the Cayman Islands, to active distortions of reality through brummagem corporate filings.-- William F. Buckley, Jr., "Reforming the Rich", National Review, January 20, 2006.
Brummagem is an alteration of Birmingham, England, from the counterfeit groats (an English silver coin worth four pence, used from the 14th to the 17th century)produced there in the 17th century.