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- /ʌb/ before each vowel sound in a syllable.[1] (A linguist would say "Insert [ˈʌb] after each syllable onset").[2] 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".


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  1. ^ Rogers, Stephen D. (2011). A dictionary of made-up languages. Avon, Mass.: Adams Media. p. 271. ISBN 1440530408. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 
  2. ^ Byrd, Dani; Mintz, Toben H. (2010). Discovering Speech, Words, and Mind. Malden, Mass.: John Wiley & Sons. p. 197. ISBN 9781405157988. Retrieved 23 December 2015. 

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