Word of the Day for Wednesday June 21, 2000

kitsch \KICH\, noun: Art characterized by pretentious bad taste.
adjective: Relating to, or characterized by, kitsch.

A fanatical collector of 1950s atomic kitsch and a talent scout for what might best be called "outsider art"
and artists, Ms. Willis found her online home.
--Denise Caruso, "Success Stories From Ebay," New York Times, May 24, 1999