An oddment is a random little piece or part of something.
It might be a leftover piece of something, or a piece that goes with an incomplete set of things.
Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about one oddment or multiple oddments.)
How to use it:
This is a quirky, fun word that's easily understood by listeners hearing it for the first time. Often you'll use it in the plural, "oddments," since little random doodads and thingamabobs tend to cluster in piles, don't they?
So, you might talk about oddments of something, as in "oddments of fabric," or add a descriptive word, as in "historical oddments" or "artistic oddments."
You can also just talk about one or more oddments in general, such as the oddments all over the walls of certain chain restaurants, or the oddment on your coworker's desk that catches your eye every time you walk past.
Lastly, although this word is generally used concretely, feel free to get abstract: "grammatical oddments," "oddments of personality," "an oddment of memory," etc.
Like many other thirty-somethings, my friends and I have used Craigslist to get jobs, roommates, and the occasional oddment for the house--although we have long ago thrown out the small rusty filing cabinet plucked from the middle of a field as per the instructions on a Craigslist post. (We're grown-ups now. For real.)
You never know just how many oddments you own until it's time to pack up and move.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You’ll know you understand what "oddment" means when you can explain it without saying “scrap" or "this and that."
Think of your own profession or hobby or one that you're interested in, and think of an important tool or object used in that domain, fill in the blanks: "The layman sees (a certain object) as an oddment, but a (certain type of professional or hobbyist) knows that _____."
Example: "The layman sees a twenty-sided die as an oddment, but a gamer knows that the fate of the entire adventure could rest on it."
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We’re starting off with easy questions, then working our way toward some whoppers at the end of the month, all the while focusing on funny, unusual words; surprising word histories; and cool tidbits about the language.
Because October (Latin “octo,” meaning “eight”) was the eighth month in the Roman year, in what month did that year originally begin?
Try this one today. It should still feel fairly easy:
Match these funny words to their meanings below: dibble, diddledees, numptious, beblubbered, wopsy.
1. _____: another word for “swollen”
2. _____: fallen pine needles
3. _____: to drink like a duck, lifting up the head after each sip
4. _____: cuddly and delightful
5. _____: tangled, disordered, uneven
A Point Well Made:
Ernest Hemingway: "...I would rather have [the instrument you write with] bent and dull and know I had to put it on the grindstone again and hammer it into shape and put a whetstone to it, and know that I had something to write about, than to have it bright and shining and nothing to say, or smooth and well-oiled in the closet, but unused."
1. The opposite of ODDMENT is
2. I must have left some oddments behind in the old apartment, _____.
A. which explains why I didn't get my security deposit back
B. but if I can't remember what they were, I must not miss them
C. so I quickly booked a flight to head back and retrieve them
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