Armed with the best research tool I know... Wikipedia - insert sarcasm... but only slightly, I looked up "gadget"
"there is anecdotal evidence for the use of "gadget" as a placeholder name for a technical item whose precise name one can't remember since the 1850s"
Can't remember the name of "fire"?
Yesterday I was in Wal-Mart with my father looking for matches.
My first thought was the paper plates and plastic cup section near the groceries. Nope
Then I figured back in hunting, camping, sporting... Nope.
The guy behind the counter cleaning guns said "housewares, kitchen gadget aisle"
Housewares I understood... but gadget?
My idea of a gadget is something kind of gimmicky. When I turned to Wikipedia they called a gadget something that was more like a "novelty". That's what I meant.
Is fire a novelty???
I thought it was funny... thought you might get a kick out of it too...