flakita (carerica) wrote in linguaphiles,
flakita
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We were trying to come up with an appropriate English definition for "pituco" (Chilean Spanish) and I came up with "someone who is hoity toity." My students were fascinated by the -----y -----y construction. They said it made them sound like nonsense words. I said that there were other words in the English language with the same format, such as wishy washy and namby pamby, but then I couldn't think of any more examples.

Are there other words that follow the same pattern in English? What do they mean?
And is there a similar construct in other languages?

EDIT: Thought of another: willy nilly!
Tags: english, words
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