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Ubbi dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language, and is a close relative of the language game Obbish. It was popularized by the 1970s PBS television show Zoom. Variations to Ubbi Dubbi include Ob, Ib, Arpy Darpy, and Iz.
|Spoken in||United States|
|See also: Language games|
Ubbi dubbi works by adding -ub- // before each vowel sound in a syllable. (A linguist would say "Insert [ˈʌb] after each syllable onset"). The stress falls on the "ub" of the syllable that is stressed in the original word. So in "hello", which is stressed on the "he-" syllable, the stress falls on the "hub" in "`hubellubo".
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 Farrah Fowler 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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- Byrd, Dani; Mintz, Toben H. (2010). Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind. Malden, Mass.: John Wiley & Sons. p. 197. ISBN 9781405157988. Retrieved 23 December 2015.