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    My goodness! Do I have a twisted mind!

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    Quote Originally Posted by BobK View Post
    But I was talking about one expression - do the needful.

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    I have not read the novel. However, "thinga-ma-jig" is an old familiar word in my life. It is quite commonly used in daily conversation when one is speaking of a particular item, and cannot immediately recall it's proper name. For example: "Will you please hand me that...thingamajig?" One may be pointing direcly toward it, and the other party obviously knows what it is.

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    I forgot a most important use of "thingamajig" - - when looking under the hood of a vehicle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    There may be a few users, but it is used in business communication there, while here it would be more of a curio. That said, I like it and think it should make a comeback.
    I hope not ! ..but when I do find the needful, I'll do them !

    Yes, this is old English. Modern English has replaced this with 'necessary'

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