In "36 Hours in San Juan, Puerto Rico," which appeared in this past Saturday's New York Times, theater critic Charles Isherwood demonstrated an impressive familiarity with the somewhat fussy gewgaw (pronounced "goo-gaw") when he described shopping in Old San Juan. For extra credit, he even worked in chockablock as well.

Perhaps because it’s a popular stop on Caribbean cruise tours, the central city is so chockablock with stores selling tacky gewgaws that you could conceivably furnish an entire apartment with merchandise announcing its provenance in Puerto Rico. (There’s even a shop that calls itself the Tourist Trap.)

Read more about gewgaw herechockablock here, or check out "Real Life Examples Help Words Stick in Your Brain" to learn how paying attention to usage examples is one of the best ways to learn new words.