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WIBBLE-WOBBLE
The first written reference to the conjoined words wibble wobble cited in the 2nd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary is to a book by James O. Halliwell from 1847, "A dictionary of archaic and provincial words, obsolete phrases, proverbs and ancient customs, from the fourteenth century", which infers that the words have been used in English since as early as the 14th century.
Probably formed by taking WOBBLE, and duplicating that with a vowel-variation into WIBBLE, to show alternation of movement, as in zigzag. See WIBBLE below for an alternative origin.
Meaning:- to vibrate; to quiver; to oscillate; shaky; tottering; insecure; unsteady, wobbly and the erratic wobbling motion of objects generally. Also wibbly-wobbly, wibbling and wobbling, wibblety-wobblety.
Wibble-wobble is most frequently found in rhymes for pre-school and school age children, as a description of jelly wobbling on a plate, or wobbling generally.
On the net there are various rhymes the most typical of which are reproduced below.

Another use is defined at www.urbandictionary.com as "A phrase used to deliberately confuse, confound or befuddle a person with little or no grasp of the English language, who is employed in a job or position where the speaking and the comprehension of English is of paramount importance.
Its use is more effectively enhanced in a sentence which utilizes other complicated or easily misunderstood words; for example:-
Gas attendant: What now you want me? Motorist: My good man, could you direct me, expeditiously if you please, to Wibble Wobble Ave?
-or- Busboy: Can I help to you much? Diner: Yes my dear fellow, we require forthwith, more bread rolls and a commodious pitcher of iced Wibble Wobble."

WIBBLE
The origin of the UK slang term wibble is speculated on in the 2002 edition of Chambers English Dictionary as being a truncation of "witter" and "dribble". See WIBBLE-WOBBLE above for the first written reference & alternative origin.
Meaning:- to speak foolishly; to talk at length about inconsequential matters, or say anything important; to witter or waffle; to talk drivel.
More recently it has been used as a metasyntactic variable (i.e. a placeholder name, denoting an "alias" or constant for the subject matter in a discussion or a number in an algorithm). This is possibly because it was used as a nonsense word in the "Roger Irrelevant" strip in VIZ comics in the 1980s and later the "Goodbyeee" episode of "Blackadder Goes Forth", broadcast on 2 November 1989. It further spread via "Your Sinclair" magazine in the early 1990s and thus became more prominent as a word on its own.
It also substitutes for the "www" in spoken-word URLs (i.e. "wibble dot example dot com" is said, meaning www.example.com).

WOBBLE
The first reference in the 2nd edition of the Oxford English Dictionary to WOBBLE is 1657, describing birds that "go wabbling from side to side".
Meaning:- The action or an act of wobbling; to move unsteadily from side to side or backwards and forwards (without progression or with uncertain direction); an unsteady rocking motion or movement; to shake or quiver like a jelly or fleshy body; to hesitate or waver between different opinions or courses of action; to be inclined to favour first one side and then the other; to cause to move unsteadily from side to side.
There are many other uses of the word with scientific, industrial and simple common meanings.

A playground long rope
skipping song
A baby jogging
rhyme
Six Little Ducks
follow the leader

Jelly on a plate
Jelly on a plate
Wibble wobble wibble wobble
Jelly on a plate

Pickles in a jar
Pickles in a jar
Ooh ah, ooh, ah,
Pickles in a jar

Sausage in a pan
Sausage in a pan
Turn it over, turn it over
Sausage in a pan.

Jelly on a plate
(Gentle bouncing)
Jelly on a plate
Wibble wobble
(Rock side to side)
Wibble wobble
Jelly on a plate

Sweeties in a jar
Sweeties in a jar
Shake them up
(Gentle shaking)
Shake them up
(Gentle shaking)
Sweeties in a jar

Candles on a cake
Candles on a cake
Blow them out
Puff, puff, puff,
(Gentle blowing)
Candles on a cake

Six little ducks That I once knew
(Kids line up and follow the leader)
Fat ones, skinny ones, Fair ones, too
(use hands to show "fat", "skinny" & "fair")
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
(touch back in front of you)
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
(flap wings with each quack)

Down to the river they would go
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, to and fro
(All wiggle their bottoms)
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Into the water they would dive
Over and under the other five
(Kids all weave around each other)
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

Home from the river they would come
Wibble, wobble, wibble, wobble, ho, hum, hum
But the one little duck with the feather on his back
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack
Quack, quack, quack,
Quack, quack, quack
He led the others with his quack, quack, quack.

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Welcome to a Motherisms list

ORIGINAL MOTHERISM
Mr Cook Mr Kitchen
Angel Delight Heavenly Pudding
Bumper on a car Knocker
Gerbils Breugels
Sailboarding Hardboarding
Mothercare Bairnswear
RC (Roman Catholic) RAC
Sleeping Policeman Dead soldiers
Standpipe Stanleypipe
Carry-out Bring-in
Yacht tiller Wavy steering lever
Waders Long paddling boots
Depository Suppository
Soft top, convertible Soft-back
Swiss Army knife Red Cross knife
Piece of cake Piece of jam
The Dirty Dozen The Ugly 12
Pay & Display Pay As You Earn
Logo Logi
Moored yachts Resting yachts
Headless chickens Demented hens or
Hen with no tail feathers
Pointing (as in brickwork)
(& actually, a Matt-ism)
Spiking
Crofts Old Original Crofts Old Practical
Wuthering Heights Wittering House
3-2-1 (a countdown) 3-4-2
The Cherry Orchard The Apple Yard
Porno Prawns
Wheelchair friendly Armchair friendly
Trainers Running Jumpers
Fell off the back of a lorry Dropping off the edge of a donkey
Pot belly pig Belly pork pig
Mortice & tenon Pestle & mortar
Zilch Nilch
Mobile Aerial phone or
Hand phone
Skin a rabbit Peel a chicken
Underfloor heating Underwater heating
Charnock Richard Service Station Neil Kinnock Service Station
Hangover Hangup or
Headover
Virgin Rail Virgin Oils or
Virginia
Festival Fringe Festival Edge or
Festival Rim
Two pronged attack Two forked attack
Russel Hobbs kettle Robin Hussell kettle
Shuttle Scuttle or
Skittle
Atlantis Mauritania
Muscular Dystrophy Multiple Dystrophy
Instant coffee Tinned coffee
Capability Brown Clatterbridge Brown
Apex Ajax
Compass Metronome
JCB Mincer
Mouse (computer type) Monkey
Dallas Cowboys Callous Doughboys
Hob-Nobs Hobble-de-Hoys
Joss sticks Jock straps
Main pendant light in room Headlight
Nose bag Neigh bag
Citroen Picasso Citroen Cezanne
Pie in the sky Pie in the eye
The Da Vinci Code The Medici Code
GP14 (General Purpose 14' dingy) PC13
The Rolling Stones The Lippies
Fresh off the press Fresh off the ironing board
Cloak & Dagger Black & Decker
Mappa Mundi Maundy Thursday Book
Babbling brooks Bubbling books
Telephone Dialing machine
Multi-national Multi-vitamin
Bagels Beagels
Commercials (TV type break) Industrials
Where is the car parked? Where is the car anchored?
VCR PVC
Bull bars (on a car) Hippo bars
Burger King King Prawn
Post mortem Mortar board
The icing on the cake The icing on the chocolate box
Canary Wharf Yellow Whale
Arnold Schwarzenegger Arnold Stroganoff
You can lead a horse to water,
but you can't make it drink
You can only take a cow to its food
Bill Oddie ill body
Send in a search party Send in a research party
Laptop Kneepad or
Microwave
n.b. microwave is useable,
apparently, for all modern technology
Dumbledore
of Harry Potter fame
Dusseldorf
an Ibsen play an Epstein play
Botox Bogoff
Shingles (the infection) Pebbles
Keyhole surgery Pinhead surgery
Password Patchwork
Treen & Terracotta Trinny & Susannah
Lower class Lower ground floor
Crafty Kitchen
(the name of a shop)
Jolly Kettle
Crocodile Dundee Cowboy Joe
Eddie Stobart Ben Stoppard
Geek Glimp
Tescos Texas
How long is a piece of string How much is a piece of rope
Fracture Clinic Breakage of limbs department
Floss Tooth String
(a Steph original)
Little Bo Peep Little Miss Bee Po
(a Steph original)
Outlet store Drop-out shop
Harley Davidson Harvey Nichols
Headphones Earpods
ipad plinkity-plonk
Online On the line
Low alcohol beer Anti beer
Cullen skink Skunk
The Glory Hole Naughty bits
The melting pot The boiling pudding
Honey Glazed Duck Shiny Pigeon
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