[Ads-l] womp womp

Barretts Mail mail.barretts at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 23 14:02:09 EDT 2018


My recollection was three for “Let’s Make a Deal", but https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5bFrmzoLOc <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5bFrmzoLOc> has four, lol. 

Looking at a contemporary upload (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp14fApDMsA <https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gp14fApDMsA>, 26:39, 27:11), there are just two womps (repeated shortly after for confirmation). 

Isn’t this womp womp also pronounced “wahn wahn” with a nasalized “n”?

Benjamin Barrett
Formerly of Seattle, WA

> On 23 Jun 2018, at 10:03, Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM> wrote:
> 
> Yes indeed. And possibly since it began - in the 1960s.
> 
> But people seem to have started making the sound only within the past ten
> years.
> JL
> 
> On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 11:09 AM Peter Reitan <pjreitan at hotmail.com> wrote:
> 
>> Let's Make a Deal
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>> I can't believe I wrote "Three is...."
>> 
>> Is there a specific game show that the trombone notes were/are associated
>> with?  "Wheel of Fortune," perhaps?
>> 
>> JL
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> 
>> On Sat, Jun 23, 2018 at 10:38 AM Douglas G. Wilson <douglas at nb.net> wrote:
>> 
>>> On 6/23/2018 10:21 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:
>>>> Actually, I was surprised that CL emitted only two womps.
>>>> 
>>>> Three is also common.
>>>> 
>>> --
>>> 
>>> The "womp womp" i.e. "sad trombone" is found with *4* womps in several
>>> YouTube clips.
>>> 
>>> Is this definitely equivalent to the CL sound(s)?
>>> 
>>> -- Doug Wilson


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