Also a character in a 'Jeeves and Wooster' (P. G. Wodehouse) episode who was a huge bully of a man riding roughshod over Bertie Wooster's life. Spode however, had a secret; Jeeves found out from his connections at the local manservant's club that Spode designed and sold brassieres. One whisper of the 'brand' and Bertie was out of the woods, so to speak.
'Twas brillig, and the slithy Spode
Did gyre and gimble in the maid;
All mimsy were the borrowedbowls,
Which the mome raths outgrabed.
"Beware the Jabbersmock, my son!
The jaws that bite, the claws that catch!
Beware the Jubjub bird, and shun
The frumious Bandersnatch!"
See "Mike Alessi"
Oh dude! That guy just stacked it in that corner, he must be a spode.
Look! That spode over there is wearing a street bike helmet on a motocross track.
This term originated in the Motocross scene as a term used to bash the newer, slower, novice riders. It has since evolved to generally mean someone or something (usu. vehicles) that is physically slow and boring, though not through a mental or physical fault in the case of human application.
"Hey, what was that spode's best lap time?"
"My sister's boyfriend is a real spode; he just sits around eating Doritos and slowly becoming part of her couch."
"Of all the automobiles created in the 20th century, history will look upon the Mazda Miata as the biggest spode of them all."