what-not (n) 1. a minor or unspecified article or object. 2. a set of light, open shelves for ornaments.
Apparently “whatnot” is a real word. It’s also one of my pet peeves. I had a “whatnot” day on Friday. I am not exaggerating when I say that I heard the word “whatnot” used at least 6 times in conversation Friday. Not one of them was by me. Each and every time I heard it I had to grit my teeth to keep from shouting at the guilty party. As evidenced by the dictionary definition above, I didn’t believe that “whatnot” was a real word until I looked it up. My assumption was that it’s one of those words used when one is too lazy to come up with a real word to express their thoughts. Remember the Seinfeld episode when everyone started saying “Yada, yada, yada,” as in “I ran into my old girlfriend at the coffee shop, we had a few drinks, yada, yada, yada, and here we are.” To me whatnot is the same thing. “Oh yeah, I had to go to the store to pick up some printer paper and whatnot.” What is the whatnot?!!? I want to know! Finish the freakin’ sentence before I kill you please! If you picked up whatnot, does it mean that you actually purchased a set of light, open shelves for ornaments? Apparently there was a sale on them Friday and nobody told me. I’d rant a little longer today, but I have to go pay some bills and whatnot. When I get back I look forward to all your comments cleverly incorporating the word whatnot.