Weeble


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Weeble

/wee'b*l/ An egg-shaped plastic toy person with a weight in the bottom so that, if tipped over, they would right themselves and stand up again. They were popular in the UK during the 1970s and were famous for the slogan "Weebles wobble but they don't fall down", unlike some computers (pretty tenuous link with computing).
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Then the chap from the Guardian, suitably attired in Guardian manwear: casual checked shirt, cord jacket, thick trousers and shoes with a sole so thick that, like a Weeble, it was impossible for him to fall over.
I was there for the commercials, the origin stories of the breakfast cereals, the barrettes braided with ribbon, the Weeble Wobblesall the fetishized objects that seemed to come out of nowhere, blazing like comets onto my classmates' bodies and into their conversation.
Passionate motorcyclist Jackie and her husband Adrian, known among the biking fraternity as Weeble, are also spreading the word about the campaign among the country's bikers, many of whom she says have been bullied for most of their lives.
Your centre of gravity will have altered in such a way that you cannot be pushed over, like a Weeble. And your body is crying out for some cabbage or, perhaps, a satsuma.
And once again this season, once their superiority complex came crashing down, they wobbled like a Weeble. Whether they've recovered since losing at Brantingham Park is not yet clear.
She said: "I got called Weeble and Treetrunk Legs at school.
"Saint Sebastian's Head' is the story of Weeble, who, after finding everything she wanted out of life, is forced to face a childhood she never understood, and the man who tried to destroy her life before it got started.
I am Weeble made flesh and blood - I wobble but I can't fall down.
If all these examples are spoonerisms containing existent words, there is also another category of spoonerisms made up of non-existent words which can be explained as 'phonological errors', particularly produced in accelerated speech: the normal sentence "my money is running out" becomes "my runny is munning out", "skip one stage" becomes "stip one skage" and "weak and feeble" "feak and weeble." (2)
Weeble's exploded head, can be read as a frightening evocation of the violence that can lie dormant in intimate relationships, that can rise up suddenly and blow them apart.
LIKE most 1970s crazes, wobbly egg-shaped Weeble people are worth watching out for.