feeble position

Chris Waigl chris at LASCRIBE.NET
Sun Aug 16 21:32:14 UTC 2009

On 4 Aug 2009, at 17:51, Arnold Zwicky wrote:

> On Aug 2, 2009, at 11:03 AM, Michael Covarrubias wrote:
>> watching an old episode of _coach_ ... i thought i heard
>> luther (jerry van dyke) utter the following line:
>> "i dropped on my knees, curled up in the feeble position, closed my
>> eyes and screamed my head off"
>> on repeated viewing it seems i heard him right.
>> side note: skateboarders apparently use this to refer to a position
>> of
>> the board perched on the edge of a ramp. at least that's what this
>> video seems to indicate...
> there are also some relevant non-skateboarding examples, with people
> curling up into the feeble position and the like.
> lovely eggcorn, with "feeble" suggesting helplessness and the like.

Now in the ECDB, with a reference to this thread and Michael
Covarrubias: http://eggcorns.lascribe.net/english/1102/feeble/

Chris Waigl

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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