Thursday, August 23, 2012

Doo-be-doo-be-doo..Scooby Dooby Doo..Tu be du be du

Phrases, words, or even sounds can mean different things to different people.  Semantic differences are often due to the context in which the phrases, words or sounds are heard and this often determines our reactions to such messages.   For example, if someone coughs loudly in a hospital it might be easy to assume he or she is sick and we might feel sorry for that person.  On the other hand, if someone coughs loudly in a theatre during a play, we might think them inconsiderate and  have no sympathy for them. 

Differences in age, culture and even gender can also have an impact on how people make sense of the world.  These differences can influence whether someone associates a particular sound to one type of experience or another.  For example the sound, or text, "doo-be-doo-be-doo" is said by some to be made by people who are bored or feel the need to fill a silence.  Others may be reminded of the name of the animated character Scooby Doo because of the rhyming qualities of the introductory song for the series and Scooby's 'battle cry', "Scooby Dooby Doo (Where Are You?)".  Others may remember the sounds "doo-be-doo-be-doo" as part of the hummed section at the end of the classic Sinatra song 'Strangers In The Night'

Interestingly enough, the head of children's programming at CBS,  Fred Silverman, actually did come up with Scooby Doo's name from the syllables "doo-be-doo-be-doo" in Frank Sinatra's hit song "Strangers In The Night"


Here at we associate "doo-be-doo-be-doo" with "tu-be-du-be-du" = tubedubedu = Tube Dub Edu(cation).

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