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Reduplication words

Learn about and test your knowledge of reduplication - words with repetition in the sounds made by the two words. 

In today’s reading and writing class one of the students came across the lexical item ‘bees knees’. It was in a dialogue between 2 friends:

You bought me a coffee and a cake? You are the bees knees!

The lexical item ‘bees knees’ means ‘you are the best’ and is used as a compliment. In linguistics this item is also called ‘reduplication’ because there is repetition in the sounds made by the 2 words: bees knees. In class, we decided to look for some more examples of reduplication and came up with a list of 9.

Put the 9 reduplication items into the correct sentence.

itsy-bitsy chop-chop so-so super-duper ding-dong
clap-trap fender-bender zig-zag hodge-podge  

 

  1. “It’s time for school now”, she said. “Get your coats and bags, ______”.
  2. I thought the movie would be great but it was just ______.
  3. We read his new book for school last week and I thought it was utter ______!
  4. She was involved in a ______ on the way home because of the icy road.
  5. Their living room was a ______ of different styles but it worked.
  6. I bought some ______ candles for the birthday cake and they are really cute.
  7. They bought me a ______ new tablet for my birthday.
  8. I could hear them having a ______ even though I was 2 rooms away!
  9. When chased by a predator, some animals take a ______ line in order to escape.
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Answers

  1. “It’s time for school now”, she said. “Get your coats and bags, chop-chop”. = hurry up
  2. I thought the movie would be great but it was just so-so. = just ok; not good or bad
  3. We read his new book for school last week and I thought it was utter clap-trap! = rubbish/nonsense
  4. She was involved in a fender-bender on the way home because of the icy road. = minor car crash
  5. Their living room was a hodge-podge of different styles but it worked. = a mixture
  6. I bought some itsy-bitsy candles for the birthday cake and they are really cute. = very small/tiny
  7. They bought me a super-duper new tablet for my birthday. = brilliant/wonderful
  8. I could hear them having a ding-dong even though I was 2 rooms away! = an argument/a row
  9. When chased by a predator, some animals take a zig-zag line in order to escape. = a line with abrupt, alternate right and left turns  Image result for zig-zag definition