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I was looking at a question on ELU, when I saw “yada yada”. My friends usually text me yadda yadda.

So I looked on the internet.

Urban dictionary says:

yadda yadda yadda

A phrase that means "and so forth" or "on and on;" it usually refers to something that is a minor detail or boring and repetitive.

But Merriam webster says:

Yada Yada

boring or empty talk

So is it Yada or yadda?

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    Whichever you wish. – Hot Licks Dec 13 '17 at 22:58
  • Ok @HotLicks but is there a more used one? – Me myself and I Dec 13 '17 at 23:00
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    Here is the Ngram chart for yada (blue line) versus yadda (red line) for the period 1950–2008. This represents the frequency of occurrence of each word in the Google Books database in works published during each tracked year. As you can see, the advantage of yada is substantial but not huge. It's also noteworthy that yadda is a word in Hausa, and yada is a word in Mongolian, so the data isn't clean. – Sven Yargs Dec 13 '17 at 23:06
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Both versions are used,but according to Google Books yada is more commonly used than yadda:

yada yada:

This phrase is a modern-day equivalent of 'blah, blah, blah' (which is early 20th century). It is American an emerged during or just after the Second World War. It was preceded by various alternative forms - 'yatata, yatata', 'yaddega, yaddega' etc. The earliest of these that I have found is from an advertisement in an August 1948 edition of the Long Beach Independent:

  • yada yada"Yatata ... yatata ... the talk is all about Chatterbox, Knox's own little Tomboy Cap with the young, young

All of those versions, and including 'yada yada', probably took the lead from existing words meaning incessant talk - yatter, jabber, chatter. 'Yada yada' itself is first found in the 1970s.

In the 21st century the place you are most likely to come across it is when installing software; for example, the millions who have installed the Google Toolbar will have seen (although probably not read any further than) the instructions - "Please read this carefully - It's not just the usual yada yada."

(The Phrase Finder)

yadda yadda yadda

North American informal

Used to indicate that further details are predictable or contextually evident from what has preceded. ‘boy meets girl, boy loses girl, yadda yadda yadda’

Origin

1940s: imitative of meaningless chatter.

(ODO)

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