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What a Hotsy-Totsy Tchotchke

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The word tchotchke, pronounced CHOTCH-kee, means “knickknack” or “trinket.” Also spelled chotchkie or tsatske, this word was borrowed into English from Yiddish tshatshke, and is cognate with several words that mean “trinket” or “plaything” in Slavic languages such as Polish cacko and Russian tsatski. The word tchotchke is also sometimes applied to an adorable person. This is part of a complete episode.

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