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Tweedledum and Tweedledee
PRONUNCIATION:(tweed-uhl-DUHM uhn tweed-uhl-DEE)
MEANING:noun: Two persons, groups, or things that resemble each other so closely that they are virtually indistinguishable.
ETYMOLOGY:The term is first cited in a poem by the poet John Byrom (1692-1763) about the musical rivalry of the composers Giovanni Bononcini and George Frideric Handel where he called them Tweedledum and Tweedledee:
Some say, that Signor Bononcini,The characters Tweedledum and Tweedledee make their appearance in Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass as well. Ultimately the names are of imitative origins, from tweedle (to produce a high-pitched sound) + dum (sound of a low musical note) and dee (sound of a high musical note).
USAGE:"Voters often lament having to choose between tweedledum and tweedledee."
Bruce Lambert and Elissa Gootman; Tweedledum, Tweedledee and Nassau? The New York Times; Oct 29, 2001.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:The court is like a palace built of marble; I mean that it is made up of very hard and very polished people. -Jean de la Fontaine, poet and fabulist (1621-1695)