na-na na-na boo-boo

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A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune.

Etymology:

  • Apparently from the longer childish playground taunt sung to a tune particular to the taunt:
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... is that the educators out there aren't aware of this, they don't know it or what?
Ms. Bolinger. It's like na na na na boo boo, make me do it.
[Laughter.] ...

Submitted on July 07, 2010

Additional definitions for 'na-na na-na boo-boo':

na-na na-na boo-boo[c. mid 20th century?] A taunt or putdown, typically used to indicate that the speaker believes he or she has beaten the listener in a competition or is better in some other way or in a general sense; or an expression of satisfaction that the listener has received some supposedly deserved minor punishment or misfortune (a schadenfreude).
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نا نا نا نا بوو بوو

na-na na-na boo-boo

na-na na-na boo-boo

ナナナナブーブー

نا نا نا بو بو

na-na na-na boo-boo

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