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Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh

Posted by Smokey Stover on October 08, 2005

In Reply to: Nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh posted by Ally on October 08, 2005

: I would love to know the origin of the phrase:
: nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh
: Context:
: Said in a sing song sort of way often by children it is usually used to gloat about ones superiority in a 'I told you so' kind of way something like this -
: John: My house is bigger than yours.
: Dave: Oh, I don't think so.
: John: How many rooms does yours have?
: Dave: Seven, seven rooms.
: John: Mine has twelve - nuh nuh nuh nuh nuh...
: Some may prefer the spelling to be - nah nah nah nah nah.

In the U.S. a better spelling would be, nyeah - nyeah nyeah nyeah - nyeah. (The rhythm is long, short, short, long, long.) In the key of F, the pitches would be: C - A D C - A. I don't know the origin or age of this expression, but it seems to be pretty universal. I'm guessing it's very old. SS

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