June 9th, 2017

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Friday word: hurdy-gurdy

hurdy–gurdy, n. hur·dy–gur·dy \ˌhər-dē-ˈgər-dē, ˈhər-dē-ˌgər-\


1: a stringed instrument in which sound is produced by the friction of a rosined wheel turned by a crank against the strings and the pitches are varied by keys

2: any of various mechanical musical instruments (such as the barrel organ)

More about 1., and a picture here: Hurdy-Gurdy, The Medieval Instrument You Might Have Never Heard About

Example:

"Enough with your hurdy-gurdy! Supper is already as cold as ice!"

(from an old story about son buying his father a gramophone, back when gramophones were a new thing ;))