Ubbi dubbi

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Ubbi dubbi
Ububbubi Dububbubi
Spoken inUnited States
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 1970s PBS television show Zoom.[1] Variations to Ubbi Dubbi include Ob, Ib, Arpy Darpy, and Iz.


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".



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, voiced by Bill Cosby.

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 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.

Ubbi Dubbi Festival[edit]

In 2019, Disco Donnie Presents launched the inaugural Ubbi Dubbi Festival, an electronic music event at Panther Island in Fort Worth, Texas; the festival played off the themes of the Ubbi Dubbi language and featured headliners such as Galantis, Zeds Dead, ILLENIUM, Bear Grillz, and Chris Lake. The first Ubbi Dubbi Festival had an estimated total of over 40,000 attendees.

"It was actually 1996 that I came up with the name. Well, let me backtrack - when I first got into the rave scene a lot of party names were really dry and stale, like 'Energy' and 'Fire' or other random names that just weren’t interesting; when I started doing my own shows, I tried to inject a little humor into the scene and I always used something that was a reference from my childhood. Ubbi Dubbi was a language on this PBS show called Zoom. I wanted to do something more as an homage to the past, but also something that was fun." - "Disco Donnie" Estopinal, Jr., founder and CEO of Disco Donnie Presents[3]

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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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