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noun: A lively or disputatious discussion.

[Scots, reduplication of argie, argument from argue.]

"Business is not much interested in the political argy-bargy of claim and counter-claim on potential job losses."
Philip Bassett; Please, Sir, Can I Have Some More?; New Statesman; Jun 21, 1996.

It's time again for "The Reduplicatives." That could be the name of a rock band - the one known for razzle-dazzle and their hoity-toity demeanor. They come in pairs, make a little chit-chat, and then hurry-scurry off to their next gig. So let's not shilly-shally or be wishy-washy but look at the mish-mash of their seven other super-duper cousins this week.


The best lack all conviction, while the worst \ Are full of passionate intensity. -William Butler Yeats, writer, Nobel laureate (1865-1939)

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