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My father, passing someone on the street on שבת, says "גוט שבת, גוט שבת" (Yiddish, "good sabbath, good sabbath"): that is, he repeats himself. I thought it might be his own idio-custom — until I came across someone else who does the same. Neither could really explain to me why he does it, though the one not my father told me "that's the minhag [=custom]!". Does anyone know where this repetition comes from or why people do it?

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@SethJ, yes, about saying it twice. I'll edit to clarify. –  msh210 Mar 25 '13 at 16:26
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shkoyich, shkoyich. –  Seth J Mar 25 '13 at 16:33
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"Thank you, thank you very much" - Elvis Presley –  jake Mar 25 '13 at 16:36
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Once each for shamor and zachor, undoubtedly. –  HodofHod Mar 25 '13 at 16:40
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Perhaps once for the Neshama Yesaira –  Gershon Gold Mar 25 '13 at 16:57
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I thought it was greeting like Sholom. You say Sholom when you meet someone, and you say Sholom when you depart from someone. Therefore, you say Gut Shabboth twice as in nice to see you and have a good day.

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I'm trying to imagine someone speaking Yiddish but pronouncing 'ת' as 'th' –  Daniel Apr 10 '13 at 18:25
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I say this, for the same reason that I instinctively reply "fine, and you?" before knowing what I'm saying, if someone asks how I am, despite coughing up blood or something.

I would be surprised if there was an answer other than "because that's what I've always done."

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Apparently my question was unclear. I've edited it to clarify that I was asking about the repetition. Is that what you meant in your answer? Anyway, welcome to the site and thanks for this (attempted?) answer. –  msh210 Mar 25 '13 at 16:27
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@msh210 Yes, I say it twice, because that's what I've always done. –  930913 Mar 27 '13 at 22:32
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