AUTHOR: Giorgio Coniglio, July 2015, updated March 2017.
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This poem has been expanded and otherwise somewhat modified somewhat since its original posting as song-lyrics on the site AmIRight.com.
This posting of The Lesson, and subsequent posting of a Lexicon of Reduplications will contain a total of almost 300 examples of this fascinating and amusing linguistic form.
Some recent lulus – chick flick, boy-toy – marvellous creations.
Some foreign words sound quite absurd, and might be greeted with yuk-yuks,
Like chi-chi, tutu, tête-à-tête, and tse-tse, muu-muu and mukluks.
And many word-shmords are employed by speaker-shmeakers of Yiddish,
Like fancy-shmancy, choosy-shmoozy, horseradish(mmh!), gefilte-fish.
7) Related Forms e.g. collocation
Tut-tut! for many wild-child words, there's no accord on how they're grouped,
Like fuddle-duddle, Walla Walla, voodoo, wiseguys, hula-hoop.
* German= "off-sound", word coined in the 16th century to indicate a systematic change in the vowel of a word-root to convey a difference in meaning; rhymes with shout
* Hawaiian for quickly or bus !!
9) Add-On: A Lexicon of Reduplicates
See subsequent posts.