Fo’ rizzle, dizzle |

Fo’ rizzle, dizzle

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Izz The “izz” is an infix (sometimes erroneously referred to as a midfix) used as an embellishment to add syllables to words for the purposes of altering the meter of a rap. The izz is added after the first consonant, or, if the word begins with a vowel, the izz is added before the word. When context permits, the remainder of the word is omitted entirely and the izz infix becomes the izzle suffix. Example: “I’m going to Vail to hit the slopes” would be “I’m going to Vizzail to hizzit the sizzle.”The use of prefixes, suffixes, and infixes are nothing new when it comes to popular music forms. Lyrics like “anna-fanna-fofanna” and “bar-bar-bar-bar-Barbara Ann” have utilized daft infixes for decades. But, due to the whimsical nature of rap, prefixes, suffixes, and infixes have come to dominate the art form.The infix izz appeared early during the gestation of hip hop– emerging in the 1985 song “Roxanne Roxanne” by the Brooklyn rap group UTFO. While izz didn’t immediately integrate into common vernacular, it did flower in avant-garde hip hop. For instance, the izz re-emerges in the 1991 Another Bad Creation song “Coolin’ at the Playground Ya’ Know” with the lyric “Into the Mizzark chillin in the pizzark mother said be home by dizzark.”Knowing that Another Bad Creation was the vanguard of B-boy culture, Mr. Snoop Dogg picked up the izz and added the izzle. His debut song, “Tha Shiznit,” contains the lyric: “Is Dr. Drizzay, so lizzay and plizzay With D-O-double-Gizzay?” Later Mr. Dogg continues this trend with lyics like “Izzle kizzle, fo’ shizzle” and “Waiting on the Pizzle, the Dizzle and the Shizzle/G’s to the bizzack, now ladies here we gizzo.”While it took years for the izz and the izzle to surmount the linguistic barriers of everyday speech, all legitimacy of the slang was instantly annihilated when Bob Newhart uttered “Fo-shizzle, my izzle” during the feature film Legally Blonde 2. Now anyone who still makes use of the izz and the izzle is just, well, sad. VTBy Cornelius Hornbeck, Ph. D., Linguistics Chair, Cape Cod Community College (CCCC)

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