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    billy_budd_sailor is offline Newbie
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    Default fie fie diddle die

    I'm trying to translate a poem. There's a "chorus" that is repeated at the end of each stanza:

    fie fie diddle die
    fie fie diddl-ie day

    Both "fie" and "diddle" have meanings, but are readers aware of them when they read these lines? Or are they just for "musical" effect (something fun to repeat over and over again)? My point is I have to decide whether to attempt a translation of these lines, or rather try to replicate the way they sound in Spanish, something like:

    fai fai didel dai
    fai fai didlai dei

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    Default Re: fie fie diddle die

    They are meaningless in this song chorus.

    I think your solution is an excellent idea.

    Rover

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    billy_budd_sailor is offline Newbie
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    Default Re: fie fie diddle die

    I needed the opinion of a native English-speaker. Most helpful, thanks.

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