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A.Word.A.Day--diplopia

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What do you call a town full of twins? DupliCity! And what do you ask twin witches? "Which witch is which?" Well, there'll be no witches in an Ohio town named Twinsburg next week, but if you happen to be there, you'll think you're suffering from an acute case of diplopia.

Every August, thousands of twins -- from infants to octogenarians -- converge there to celebrate Twins Days Festival. To mark the occasion, this week we'll feature words with double connections.

diplopia (di-PLO-pee-uh) noun

Double vision.

[From Greek diplo- (double) + -opia (vision).]

Today's word in Visual Thesaurus.

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Life was a blur. Or so he thought. The thing
Was, he'd been diagnosed with a small-time
Astigmatism. Why think otherwise?
But when the doctor told him, 'Read the chart,'
And he replied, 'Which one?' even the smart,
Young nurse said, 'Uh oh.'"
Greg Williamson; Binocular Diplopia; The Kenyon Review (Gambier, Ohio); Winter 2001.

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Those who are incapable of committing great crimes do not readily suspect them in others. -Francois De La Rochefoucauld (1613-1680)

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