There's a word for cheap manufactured art but I can't remember it and it's almost impossible to search for a word like that. Does anyone know what it is off the top of their head?

  • Could it be a knockoff?
    – user11550
    May 11, 2012 at 23:09
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    Or kitsch? Any hints, like how long it was or what letter it started with?
    – RegDwigнt
    May 11, 2012 at 23:19
  • @RegDwight: I usually understand kitsch as pre-war cheap mass-produced "art-deco". Post-war we had pop-art, and nowadays I suppose it's bling. May 11, 2012 at 23:28
  • I'd like to use it to describe these worthless junk art images that keep getting shared on fb
    – Chris
    May 11, 2012 at 23:34
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4 Answers 4


Kitsch might just possibly be the word.


Tat is the word I use, though imprecisely.


My first thought was tchotchke (or tshotshke, tshatshke, tchachke, tchotchka, tchatchka, chachke, tsotchke, chotski, or chochke) depending on where you're from.

A friend of ours has a small store called Chatskies (yet another spelling) where she sells exactly what you're talking about, cheaply made artsy souvenirs and other oddities.


Not sure what we're encapsulating as part of the question but if for example we refer to small wearable art such as bracelets and necklaces and the like, or small knick-knacks, the word trinket comes to mind:

A small ornament or item of jewellery that is of little value.

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