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Jul 30, 2007
This week's theme
Words with double connections

This week's words
diplopia
didymous
mackle
double entendre
doppelganger

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with Anu Garg

diplopia

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.

(di-PLO-pee-uh) Pronunciation Sound Clip

noun: Double vision.

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

"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.

See more usage examples of diplopia in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

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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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