shkeevy; bubbies; more!

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jul 9 23:44:25 UTC 2009

Around here, /'bUbiz/ are Jewish grandmothers.

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On Thu, Jul 9, 2009 at 7:42 PM, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at>wrote:

> She and one or two of the others also prefer [bUbiz] for the far more usual
> [bubiz]. I've never heard that pronunciation before, but it is apparently a
> survival of the very common 19th C. {bubbies}, which in my experience has
> become obsolete in print (in favor of the vocalically ambiguous {boobies})
> except in pseudo-Victorian um-literature.

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