Tuesday, July 31, 2007

From A Word a Day (one of my favorite sites):

This week's theme: words with double connections.

didymous (DID-uh-muhs) adjective

Occurring in pairs; twin.

[From Greek didymos (twin). Ultimately from the Indo-European root dwo- (two)
that also gave us dual, double, dubious, doubt, diploma, twin, and between.]

-Anu Garg (words at wordsmith.org)

"Shakespeare portrays the didymous functionaries as if they were
a unit comprised of two parts."
Peter Usher; Hamlet's Universe; Aventine Press; 2006


Oliver de la Paz said...

I just knew you subscribed to that site. :D Me too!

Would that make us A Word a Day twins?

Peter said...

ODLP: Yes, we be AWAD didymi (sp?)

The Sublibrarian said...

This also fills in a little bit on Didymus Thomas in the New Testament and on Didymus Judas Thomas, purported author of the (gnostic) Gospel of Thomas, as well as a presence in the (gnostic) Dialogue of the Savior.