Where Did the Word Gadget Come From and When Did Gadget Invent Statue of Liberty Souvenirs?

The word gadget first appeared in 1886, the year the French gave America the Statue of Liberty.

That same year, a man named Gaget, one of the partners in the French company that had built the Liberty, conceived the idea of creating miniature statues to sell to Americans in Paris as souvenirs.

The Americans mispronounced “Gaget” and called their miniature Libertys “gadgets,” and a new word for something small was born.

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