A comment left here a few days ago by Jim "Alte Fritz" Purky gave me a fantastic idea. He used the wonderful word "chatchke" about my plans for developing a whimsical collection of mid-19th Century figures in imaginary uniforms. "Aha!" I thought. "That would be a wonderful name for a Stollenian general." Chatchke is a word I am familiar with, though I haven't heard it used in a long time, so a bit of research was in order. Here's what Wikipedia revealed:
Tchochke—originally from a Slavic word for "toys" (Ukrainian цяцька, tsyatska; Polish cacka, tsatska; Russian цацки, tsatski)—adapted to Yiddish טשאַטשקע tshatshke, "trinket", are small toys, gewgaws, knickknacks, baubles, trinkets, or kitsch. The term has a connotation of worthlessness or disposability, as well as tackiness, and was long used in the Jewish-American community and in the regional speech of New York City. A variety of spellings exist for the English usage of the term, e.g. tshotshke, tshatshke, tchachke, chachke, or chochke, because there is no standardized transliteration.
As I suspected. So, one General Peter von Tschatschke will shortly join the ranks of the Stollenian army. Von Tschatschke, however, will not wear a typical Stollenian dark blue general's uniform but, rather, one of his own devising. An unapologetic dandy, his detractors (and there are many) would say fop, Von Tschatschke usually appears in battle wearing a pink coat and breeches, faced purple along with a purple wasitcoat. In addition, this "uniform" is copiously laced with silver as is the good General's hat, which is also edged with white ostrich feathers. Needless to say, von Tschatschke's reputation precedes him! More details will emerge as this key Stollenian character takes shape in the coming days and weeks.