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At some point in the 90s, you could have been forgiven for thinking that Furbish, not Spanish, was the fastest-growing language in the world. You could hear it from wherever you were in your house. Sometimes even in the middle of the night. The source? A Furby (sometimes mistakenly spelled Furbees or Furbies).

The Furby was a small, cute, fluffy audio-animatronic robot that you couldn't help feeling must be related to the Gremlin in some way. It was cleverly programmed to dance, sing, talk and even blink, plus sensors meant he would respond to your touch. Basically, If Mum and Dad wouldn't let you have a pet, a Furby was a good compromise. You could pet your Furby's belly and listen to it's moans of pleasure. It was so clever, in fact, that if another of its kind came anywhere near, the two would strike up a conversation. You'd meanwhile, be making notes, trying to swot up on the latest Furbish phrases.

The basics of Furbish were: Yes = Do-Daah and Wee-Tee-Ka-Wa-Tee = sing me a song. These are just two of the 200 Furby phrases floating around at the time, so it was somewhat a blessing when you discovered a handy translation guide nestling at the bottom of your Furby's original packaging.

It's skill however, would also be its undoing to some extent, as some people grew paranaoid about little Furby's ability to store human information if you spoke to it. Those who stuck with the 90s toy trend can still be heard murmuring to themselves in a little-known language called Furbish.


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Do You Remember Furbys?

Do You Remember Furbys?

  • Anonymous user
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    I still have my old furby baby in my cupboard, my first furby was a Christmas one but broke straight away so I got given a furby baby instead. My poor old furby has makeup on because at some point I found some of my mum's blusher and thought it would be a good idea to put it on the furby along with my sister's one!
  • Anonymous user
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    yes! I had a furby! In fact I had an original white furby and a beautiful pink furby baby! By the nineties I had got past my I'm too old for toys thing, I also couldn't ever have animals anywhere near me, Tamagochi was undoable because of my lack of sight so Furby was wicked! When I decided I wanted one I called around every toy outlet till I found somewhere that was getting them the following morning, one per customer please, queued for half an hour, praying they'd have one left, and Furby was mine! I loved the first, tentative baby furbish only stage best and would often reset mine to get it back there again. The original Furby beats any furby available today into a cocked hat!
  • Anonymous user
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    My aunt bought a Pink Furby (2012) and it was sooooo adorable!! She also bought a Cyan one for my six-year-old sister. I'm ten-years-old anyway. I think that Furby is the best toy I've ever had in my entire life!! I especially like it when I feed it with the Furby App on IPhone/IPad.
  • Anonymous user
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    I never wanted one of these annoying things. I always found them really irritating and also kind of creepy as a kid.
  • Anonymous user
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    my furby has gone back to baby talk and I forget how to bribg it back to regular talk. Can anyone help me?
  • Anonymous user
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    All I remember about the blessed Furby is trailing round London for hours trying to find the last one in town for my daughter and having to pay top whack for one in Harrods!! Then the dear child kept driving us mad with the constant whining noise it made until she got fed up with it and went on to Spice Girl dolls.!!
  • Anonymous user
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    I have so many furbies that I lost count- some of them are babies. I have them all in a very large trunk along with 1 shelby and a couple of ET's and a few of the Gremlins- Also I have 4 of the larger Furbies. I can not help myself when I find one I just have to adopt him/herand give them a home.
  • Lucy_G
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    I found my old furby the other day, its got black and blue fur, it dosent work anymore though and its eyelashes have fallen out.
  • AnythingButOrdinary7
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    I was so excited when I got a Furby! :D It was black and white, but it ran out of battery's like the first day I had it because I played with it so much! I got a baby furby after that, that was white, I still have the baby furby now but the other one got so old, it broke. :'-(