Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Double Vision

funny word of the day: doppelganger

Definition from Merriam-Webster:

Main Entry:
or dop·pel·gang·er \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\
German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
1: a ghostly counterpart of a living person 2 a: double 2a b: alter ego b c: a person who has the same name as another
This definition from Wikipedia is a bit creepier:
Doppelgänger ( pronunciation (help·info)), or "Fetch", is the ghostly double of a living person, a sinister form of bilocation.

In the vernacular, "Doppelgänger" has come to refer (as in German) to any double or look-alike of a person. The word is also used to describe the sensation of having glimpsed oneself in peripheral vision, in a position where there is no chance that it could have been a reflection. They are generally regarded as harbingers of bad luck. In some traditions, a doppelgänger seen by a person's friends or relatives portends illness or danger, while seeing one's own doppelgänger is an omen of death. In Norse mythology, a vardøger is a ghostly double who precedes a living person and is seen performing their actions in advance.
As evidenced by the accompanying images, singer James Blunt and actor Jon Heder (aka Napoleon Dynamite) are celebrity doppelgangers.

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