May 13, 2023

MAY 13, (re)duplication: dilly-dally

Authors' Note: Sure, these are non-standard rhymes; but at least they allow you to stress the term DIL-ly-dal-ly in the normal way (as underlined in the above verse). We have found no other  published verses in which this is the case.

But, we do admit that this is an easy trap to fall into. And HERE is an example that we have published here ourselves, involving the synonymous expression shilly-shally. 

Readers willing to go down an internet rabbit-hole HERE can easily get to a collection of more than a dozen other short verses in which we have dealt with specific reduplications, as well as three fairly lengthy patter-songs about this fascinating linguistic phenomenon. 

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