Ubbi dubbi

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Ubbi dubbi
Ububbubi Dububbubi
Spoken inUnited States
Classification Language game
See also: Language games

Ubbi dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language. Originating in America in the 17th century, [1] it was popularized by the 1972–1978 PBS children's show Zoom . [2] [3] When Zoom was revived in 1999 on PBS, Ubbi dubbi was again a feature of the show. [4] [5] Variations of Ubbi Dubbi include Obbish, Ob, Ib, Arpy Darpy, and Iz.



Ubbi dubbi works by adding -ub- /ʌb/ before each vowel sound in a syllable. [6] (A linguist would say "Insert [ˈʌb] after each syllable onset".) [7] The stress falls on the "ub" of the syllable that is stressed in the original word. So in "hello", which is stressed on the "-lo" syllable, the stress falls on the "lub" in "hubellubo".

The method of adding "ub" before each vowel sound has been described as "iterative infixation". [8] [9]



Ubbi Dubbi has also been popularized as the signature speech pattern of the cartoon character Mushmouth from the animated series Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids , voiced by Bill Cosby. Cosby also used this speech variation in his famous "Dentist" monologue to illustrate the effects of a dose of Novocaine. [10]

It was used in the episode "Mentalo Case" from the TV series The King Of Queens , between character Spence Olchin (Patton Oswalt) and a salesman at a toy convention.

It was also used between Penny and Amy in season 10 episode 7 of The Big Bang Theory as a means of having a secret conversation, to counter Sheldon and Leonard's Klingon.

In the video game Rayman Origins , the Bubble Dreamer speaks Ubbi Dubbi.

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