Reduplication

There are all kinds of little known literary terms. I feel we (as writers) should know them, or at least carry a few up our sleeves to pull out and amaze others upon occasion. I ran into such a term (a word actually) on Dragon Writing Prompts.

Reduplication, in linguistics, is a morphological process by which the root or stem of a word, or part of it, is repeated. Definition from Wikipedia.

Some examples are: artsy-fartsy, razzle-dazzle, hobnob and hocus-pocus.

2 thoughts on “Reduplication

  1. I think the spelling does have to be close, but not identical. I’ve been looking for a site with more literary type terms to find more of this. We see things like that and don’t know there is a word for it. Not that I have any hope to remember them all but one or two might sink in.

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