>Sehr viele Wörterbücher geben das mit skipjack an
@Flobby – could you specify which? (and not dict.cc, please)
Like Bob C, I‘ve never come across "skipjack" used in this way and cannot find it in any of my monolingual dictionaries for the child’s toy that I’d probably call a "wobbly man/doll/toy“ (influenced by Enid Blyton’s "Noddy", I fear :-)http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://www.worldofbubble.com/images/noddy...
Chambers 21st Century Dictionary
noun (skipjack or skipjacks) 1 any of a number of different species of fish which are able to jump out of the water. 2 (in full skipjack tuna) a tropical fish with a striped body."
That doesn’t mean to say it doesn’t exist; as a native speaker, I am painfully aware of the myriad terms I do not know. From what I’ve seen of his postings, Bob C. also has an extensive vocabulary and I’m sure he’s just as aware of his limitations. We can rule out a basic AE/BE difference here as Bob lives somewhere in North America and I come from NW England. It would be good if other native speakers from both sides of the pond chipped in, so that we can find out where (if anywhere) this term is used and it can be flagged accordingly.
I have come across a Google reference to a "skipjack" beetle which can right itself:
"click beetle, skipjack, snapping beetle
able to right itself when on its back by flipping into the air with a clicking sound "http://www.answers.com/topic/click-beetle-skipjack-snapping-beetle
so it may not just be a question of "where?" but also of "when?" - This type of toy was popular back in the sixties (before my time :-)
a "self-righting toy" or a "roly-poly toy"?:
"Show baby how to tip a roly-poly toy. Baby is interested in making
discoveries, and will enjoy the action of the toy as it rights itself“http://www.cdphe.state.co.us/dc/crcsn/icmqs.pdf
"This jolly old Santa figure is made of celluloid and is a small roly poly toy."http://www.rubylane.com/shops/ogees/item/6130
Or a "tumbler toy"?
A type of toy that can tumble over and then straighten up itself.http://images.google.com/imgres?imgurl=http://void.arch.usyd.edu.au/~andrew/info...