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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".
- Speak → spubeak //
- Hello → hubellubo //
- Extra → ubextruba //
- Hubba Bubba bubblegum → "Hububbuba Bububbuba bububblubegubum"
- Mississippi → Mubissubissubippubi
- Ubbi Dubbi → Ububbubi Dububbubi
- Zoom → "Zuboom"
- Subaru → "Subububarubu"
- "Hi, how are you?" → "Hubi, hubow ubare yubou?"
- "We need to get to Plantation Road on time." → "Wube nubeed tubo gubet tubo Plubantaubatubion Ruboad ubon tubimube."
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.
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.