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Mar 23, 2009This week's theme
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Two Tree Diptych
Art: Christina Goodman
A.Word.A.Daywith Anu Garg
Two for the price of one! It's a come-on commonly used by marketeers. But getting two of something isn't always desirable. Consider diplopia or duplicity (literally, doubleness).
All of this week's words have some connection with doubling. And if a whole week of double-mania proves too much, keep this term handy -- it's guaranteed to purge all the doubling: hemidemisemiquaver. It manages to fit three halvings into one word.
MEANING:noun: A work of art on two hinged panels, such as a painting or carving.
ETYMOLOGY:From Latin diptycha, from Greek diptycha, from di- (two) + ptyche (fold).
NOTES:Then there is triptych, the word for a set of three hinged panels. The words triptych and diptych are sometimes extended to refer to movies, books, etc., for what usually would be called a trilogy or dilogy/duology.
USAGE:"It's an installation in which participants interact with a diptych of two real-time images of themselves."
Tom Shields; Electronic Madness; Sunday Herald (Glasgow, Scotland); Jun 28, 2008.
See more usage examples of diptych in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.
A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society. -J. Krishnamurti, author, speaker, and philosopher (1895-1986)
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