Is this a Hoodle?

 
A while ago I bought a cheap extending leg table which was made in China.  The rather entertaining instructions included the line "Propel the inner rod towards the outer tube until the hoodle locates the orifice."  It will always be the 'hoodle table' to us now, but if not a hoodle, what is the correct name for that type of spring catch.

Picture of Is this a Hoodle?
sort by: active | newest | oldest
iceng6 years ago
Pop-Lock, I called it long before it was named for a danse craze
Drives one crazy on long tubes in a hurry :-Þ   A
AndyGadget (author)  iceng6 years ago
 
Thanks Iceng.  In all my years, I've never heard of a pop-lock.
(The dance craze passed me by too #;¬) 
Kiteman6 years ago
I've always called it a springy-locking thing.

It is now a hoodle.

AndyGadget (author)  Kiteman6 years ago
 
Hoodle seems fairly common in Chinese product descriptions. There's a self assembling hoodle man, a casual hoodle Chinese cheke, and various hoodle games.

I'm wondering if it isn't a word originally coined in the sense of a "thingamabob" or a "whatjemacallit" when a technical writer asked a colleague to identify something.
kelseymh6 years ago
McMaster-Carr calls them
tube-connector buttons (scroll down the page or search for "telescoping tubing"). You can get zinc-plated ones for less than 75 cents (US) each.
orksecurity6 years ago
I think you've just encountered a good example of Chinglish... a new word coined as a side effect of bad translation from Chinese to English.