A little bibbidy-bobbidy-boo goes a long way.
-- Kristen Kidder, "Average Joe: Hawaii," PopMatters.com
Mystique: These magic words are the stuff of enthrallment, of being
"wrapped in a cloud of bliss, taking in the color and fantasy and bibbidy
bobbidy-boo of it all."
• Believe it or not
"We found a card key in the ashtray of the rental vehicle. Anyway, it
takes some footwork. But we run it down and -- bibbity-bobbity-boo -- it's
a Comfort Inn . . ." -- John Case, The Genesis Code (1997)
• Magic word
"[O]ne 'bibbity bobbity boo' later, there she is dancing with the prince."
-- Calvin Miller, The Empowered Leader (1995)
"When the pre-schooler forgot to say please, Dana said, 'What's the
magic word?' . . . 'Bibbidy bobbidy boo.'" -- MommaSaid.net (2005)
• Mumbo jumbo, gibberish
"[G]obbledy-gook, helter-skelter, or bibbity-bobbity-boo . . ." -- Bruce Hayes, Metrical
Stress Theory (1995)
• "This way, that way, there!"
• Yada yada yada
"I beat you to death, pee on your body, we all go get drunk, bibbity, bobbity,
boo." -- Warren Murphy, "Collaboration," Murder Among Friends (2000)
Origins: The phrase came down to us "from a Celtic spell meant to direct
a thrown javelin or fired arrow unerringly to its intended target."24
Facts: These magic words were made famous by the song "Bibbidy-Bob
bidi-Boo" by Jerry Livingston, Mack David, and Al Hoffman, from the Walt
Disney film Cinderella (1950).
Common Magician's Applications: Transformations.
Variations and Incantations:
• Alikazoola, mitchikaboola, bibbidy-bobbidy-boo
-- Edward G. Rozycki, "AMERICA 2000: An Education Strategy: The Artifact
of a Society Past" (1999)
2 Harry R. Moody, The Five Stages of the Soul (1997)
25 Jon Burlingame, Sound and Vision: 60 Years of Motion Picture Soundtracks (2000)