The following is a dialogue of an animated movie (A bug's life), I don't understand why one of them says "Is too" instead of saying "it is". Is a this a natural way of responding and insisting on what you're implying?

-Oh, being little's not such a bad thing.
+Yes, it is.
-No, it's not.
+Is too!
-Is not.
+Is too.
-Is not.
+Is too.

  • It's a duplicate, if I remember it right. Please check previous posts. – Kris Dec 14 '13 at 5:19
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    It's teen lingo/ kid lingo, by the way. – Kris Dec 14 '13 at 5:20

These forms of contradictory retort (often heard from children)...

"it is [so] too"

"but it is"

"it is but"

...seem to have a "but" or "too" therein for emphasis. It might not have Germanic routes but it brought to mind aber in German for me, which in particulate form sometimes serves as a sort of surprise or emphasis (link provided for some clarity on this if interest arises - sorry it's not entirely committal emphasis, but I've heard as much from speakers). Of course "is too" also could be roughly compared with in truth and indeed in English; more emphasis.

I'm not sure how this form of 'argumentative' emphasis became a cliched juvenile retort - like anything and everything, perhaps through meme and repetition. Then, once denoted as a children's mode of speech it no doubt lost favour (and rhetorical credibility) among adults.

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