American English Podcast

161 - 10 Words a Day: Handy-Dandy Reduplications

March 17, 2024 Shana Thompson Season 4 Episode 161
American English Podcast
161 - 10 Words a Day: Handy-Dandy Reduplications
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I know, I know, 99% of you are saying what in the world is that? What in the world is a reduplication? 

Well I just told you one: Handy-dandy. Handy by itself means useful or practical, in American English you can add dandy for emphasis, intensification and to give it a playful and poetic effect. Handy-dandy is a reduplication. 

In English, you’ll hear reduplications in songs and casual conversation! Many times it just involves repeating the first word and changing one consonant or one vowel, like handy dandy, flip flop or chit chat. Sometimes you’ll actually hear the exact same word repeated, like boo-boo or yo-yo. Sometimes reduplications rhyme, but not always. Yet, there is always a certain rhythmic nature to them.

And let’s be honest, who doesn’t like rhythm!? If you want to add some spice and flavor to the way you talk in English, keep listening! Today, we’ll go through 10 Common Reduplications and how to use them in everyday contexts.

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Introduction
Handy Dandy
Itsy Bitsy, Teeny Weeny, Itty Bitty
Granny Panties :0
Super Duper
Artsy Fartsy
Fancy Schmancy
Lovey Dovey
Chit Chat
Mish Mash
Fifty fifty
My Big Tip for Intensifying Comparisons!