Ubbi dubbi

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Ubbi dubbi
Ububbubi Dububbubi
Spoken in United States
Classification Gibberish
Spoken with English
See also: Language games

Ubbi Dubbi is a language game spoken with the English language, and is a close relative of the language game Obbish.[citation needed] It was popularized by the long-running PBS television show Zoom.[1] Variations to Ubbi Dubbi include Ob, Ib, Arpy Darpy, and Iz (a/k/a shizzolation).

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. He was voiced by Bill Cosby.


Ubbi Dubbi works by adding -ub- /ˈʌb/ before each vowel sound in a syllable. 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".[1]


  • Speak → spubeak  /ˈspʌbk/
  • Hello → hubellubo  /ˌhʌbəˈlʌb/
  • Extra → ubextruba  /ˈʌbɛksˌtrʌbə/
  • Mississippi → Mubissubissubippubi
  • Ubbi Dubbi → Ububbubi Dububbubi
  • Zoom → "Zuboom"
  • "Hi, how are you?" → "Hubi, hubow ubare yubou?" (unpronounced vowels do not have "ub" in front of them)

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  1. ^ Ribeiro, Amanda (May 9, 2000). "Kidsday: What's Cool for Kids. About 'ZOOM'.". Newsday. p. B35. Retrieved 2008-09-24. The kids have this really cool language called Ubbi Dubbi . (It's totally secret, but I'll tell you how to figure it out. You put a "ub" at the beginning of every vowel sound. For example, if you want to say, "Hi, how are you?" It would be "Hubi, Hubow ubarube yuboubu?"