Gerry Canavan

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The Origin of Izzle

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Willizzle Safizzile (of all pizzle) knizzles.

Snoop Dogg, among his other exploits, has introduced a language.

It’s based on his use of “izzle” as a suffix for existing words, sometimes substituting all but the first letter of a word – calling himself, for example, D-O-Double Gizzle (Dogg) or saying in a 2003 television commercial for AOL 9.0,”Now wait just one minizzle!” The most common variation is the one used in The Times’s headline, but no word is sacred when it comes to the “izzle.”

It’s not all fizzle and gizzle for the D-O-Double-Gizzle, thizzle. It’s rizzle.

Is it here to stay? Maybe in hip-hop, but nowhere else if Snoop has anything to do with it. Snoop himself has had enough. He recently told Ryan Downey of MTV News: “The message is L.I.G.: let it go. O.K., America? Let it go. You can’t say ‘izzle’ no more. Tizzle, fizzle, dizzle – none of that. It’s over with. … Let’s find something new. Maybe pig Latin, anything.”

Fo’ shizzle.

Written by gerrycanavan

September 17, 2004 at 12:51 am

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