Set 15 – Five New Words For Jan 15

Theme – Reduplicatives

1. chop-chop

adverb: Quickly.

From Chinese Pidgin English chop (fast). Pidgin is a simplified language that develops when two groups that do not have a language in common come in contact, usually for trade. Chinese Pidgin English was used in ports in southern China. The word pidgin is said to have been formed from the Chinese pronunciation of the word business.

“Those special courts that prosecuted cases chop-chop during the spectacle can be revived.”

2. froufrou (FROO-froo)

1. Something fancy, elaborate, and showy.
2. A rustling sound, as of a silk dress.

“Too often I go to some lunch party and am presented with an exquisite froufrou creation when what I long for is the pasta the three-year-old sitting next to me is given.”

3. chichi (SHEE-shee)

adjective: Affectedly elegant.
noun: Showy stylishness.

“If all that sounds too chichi, get back to basics with the traditional present — socks.”

4. chin-chin (CHIN-chin)

noun: A chat.
verb intr.: To chat.
interjection: Used as a toast, greeting, or farewell.

“Let’s have a chin-chin about what’s wanted of you.”
Ivan Doig; The Eleventh Man; Harcourt; 2008.

“‘Chin-chin,’ Simic said and clinked Casson’s glass.”
Alan Furst; The World At Night; Random House; 1996.

5. yada yada

adverb: And so on.
noun: Uninteresting, long-winded talk.

“You know the story by now: how transport services aren’t nearly up to scratch, how fare prices seem to inversely correlate with the pleasantness of your journey, yada, yada…”


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