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17. Where did "Yabba-dabba-doo" come from?

    From Alan Reed, the voice of Fred. Hear the words of Joe Barbera:

    In a recording session, Alan said, "Hey, Joe, where it says yahoo, can I say yabba-dabba-doo?" I said yeah. God knows where he got it, but it was one of those terrific phrases. (Adams 38; see question 31)

    Reed reportedly said that the inspiration for the phrase came from his mother, who used to say, "A little dab'll do ya," probably borrowed from a Brylcreem commercial.

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