[Ads-l] "Marijuana marijuana" -- name for this device?

Bonnie Taylor-Blake b.taylorblake at GMAIL.COM
Sat Aug 28 19:31:03 UTC 2021

IANAL*, sorry, and I have an amateur's question.

Here's the text of a tweet that I saw this morning.


Tell me you're Fijian without telling me you're Fijian.

When you repeat the same word twice for others to understand, and they
instantly get it.

"You talking about marijuana, marijuana or the industrial marijuana?"

Reply: "marijuana, marijuana"



("Industrial marijuana" is cannabis grown for industrial use, like hemp.)

Now, I know this isn't exclusive to Fiji: I've heard speakers of American
English use "Indian Indian" to identify someone from the Indian
subcontinent as opposed to a Native American. (That cringingly bad example
is the only one that comes to mind at the moment.)

Is there a name for this?

-- Bonnie

* = I am not a linguist

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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