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The Embarrassing Private Languages of Couples

Why can’t we stop saying awful things like “diggle dog”?

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By Suzannah Weiss

A few months into our relationship, my boyfriend and I started adding funny-sounding syllables to the beginnings of words. Hug became “higgle hug,” bed became “bibble bed,” dog became “diggle dog,” and so on, following this unspoken “iggle/ibble”…

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