A kickshaw is defined either in a neutral manner as "a bauble, rifle, or knicknack" or more flatteringly as "a fancy tidbit; a delicacy." The purpose of this feature is to satisfy both definitions by presenting linguistic items of light weight and vast diversity, designed to appeal to the tastes of all recreational linguisticians.
Silverman, David L.
Word Ways: Vol. 41
, Article 4.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.butler.edu/wordways/vol41/iss2/4