MEANING: adjective: Cheap and showy.
noun: A white crystalline compound, also known as sodium borate, used in manufacturing, cleaning, etc.

ETYMOLOGY: From Old French boras, from Latin borax, from Arabic buraq, from Persian burah (borax). Earliest documented use: 1920s.

NOTES: A century ago, cheap furniture was given as a premium for buying a box of borax soap. That, or borax soap was given away for buying cheap furniture. Either way, the word borax became slang for something cheap and poorly made.

BOROX - what the pregnant beast of burden did

BOTAX - government-imposed fee for cosmetic wrinkle-removing skin treatment

BORA - half a Polynesian island