Ubbi dubbi

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Ubbi Dubbi (also called Pig Greek, or Double Dutch) is a language game spoken with the English language, and is a close relative of the language game Obbish. Although popularized by the long-running PBS television show ZOOM and (in variant) by Bill Cosby (in his Dentist Sketch and his voicing of the character Mushmouth from Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids), the predecessors of Ubbi Dubbi may trace to the beginnings of American English in the 17th century.[1] Variations to Ubbi Dubbi include Ob, Ib, Arpy Darpy, and Iz.

Ubbi Dubbi is spoken in the United States, and works by adding -ub- (/ˈʌb/) before the vowel(s) in each syllable.[2] Examples:

  • speak → spubeak  /ˈspʌbiːk/
  • hello → hubellubo  /ˌhʌbəˈlʌboʊ/
  • extra → ubextruba  /ˌʌbɛksˈtrʌbə/
  • Mississippi → Mubissubissubippubi
  • "Hi, how are you?" → "Hubi, hubow ubare yubou?" (unpronounced vowels do not have "ub" in front of them)

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