Yet another set of twins has arrived in our family, I have almost lost count of the number of relations we have who are twins. Apparently for each set of twins in a close family your chances of having twins yourself increases by 8%. My youngest daughter was a twin and she has two grandmothers who were also twins; one of whom also had twin brothers. It is getting to the point where she says she would be disappointed if she only had one child at once.

Have you come across Jedward? They are Irish twins , John and Edward Grimes, a pop duo who seem to have almost merged into one person as few people can tell one from the other. 

My mother and her sister were supposedly identical as children, although I can always tell one from the other in photographs, and they grew up to have quite different interests and lifestyles, although I wonder how much this was a deliberate attempt to assert themselves as individuals.  When she was 14 my mother was involved in an accident which meant she required facial reconstructive surgery. Although my aunt was used as a model, and the surgeon still turned her into a beautiful young lady, there were definite differences between the two of them after that. They were no longer able to confuse the teachers at school by answering to the wrong names. They did however still look similar and they shared clothing, which was handy, as this was a long time ago when there was still clothing rationing in Britain. One particular item of clothing that they shared was a very good quality pink tweed suit. And that pink suit is part of our family's history:

My aunt was going out with a lad and one day she had arranged to meet him outside the cinema, but it was absolutely pouring down with rain and she decided not to go and meet him. This of course was back in the days before mobile phones, or even telephones in the home for most people.  My mother took pity on ‘the poor lad’, whom she had got to know quite well over the recent months. “You know he’ll stand there for ages waiting for you," she admonished, and then, wearing that pink suit, she set off through the rain to tell the boyfriend that her sister wasn’t coming.  

When he saw her he didn't give her the chance to explain. The film was about to begin and the tickets already bought, mistaking her for her sister, he dragged her inside out of the rain, and as it was dark in the cinema she decided not to tell him the truth, she just accompanied him inside. He had been going out with my aunt for some months by this time, and at the most romantic part of the film he plucked up his courage and proposed.  At that point my mum did explain that he was asking the wrong sister, but despite her deception he proposed to her again some weeks later  - this time in full daylight  - and they married a few months later with my aunt as chief bridesmaid. The wedding dress was in palest pink - and yes, it was also worn by my aunt when she got married later.

My mother was still wearing that pink suit years later. I remember it well.

There are several words in English for two. Here are a few:-

If you have double vision you can see two things where there is only one.

If you make a duplicate of something, you copy it.

A couple means two, as does a pair. If you are part of a couple, it means you are in a relationship.  

A duo, usually refers to two performers.

Dual means consisting of two parts - not to be confused with a duel, which is a fight between two people. 

A duet, is a piece of music written for two players.


The word deuce means two, but if you hear it during a tennis match, it means the players have scored 40–40 in a game, and one of them must win two consecutive points to win the game.

The word brace comes from the French and means two arms. It is used for two arms – perhaps because you would walk with a lead in each hand?  Game is also counted in braces – a pair of partridges, hares or pheasants for instance is a brace. This probably dates back to the days when French speaking Normans were the only ones allowed to do any hunting.

Can you think of any more?