whigmaleerie (wig-muh-LEE-ree) n. a whim, a moment of caprice, or a fanciful notion.
The word whigmaleerie began to appear in Scottish literature in the seventeenth century, though its etymological origins are unknown. The term is also used to describe knick-knacks, and has become the name of a drinking game.
The Scottish poet William Soutar composed a poem entitled "A Whigmaleerie." Here is the poem in its entirety:
There was an Auchtergaven mouse
(I canna mind his name)
Wha met in wi a hirplin louse
Sair trauchled for her hame.
"My friend I'm hippit; an nae doot
Yell heist me on my wey"
The mouse but squinted doon his snoot
And wi a breenge was by.
Or lang he to his ain door
Doun by a condie-hole;
And thocht as he was stappin owre
"Vermin are ill tae thole !"