Get Wordy: Doppelgänger

November 10, 2009·

GET WORDY, y’all. This is a new segment of my blog (hooray for new segments!). Since I was an English major in college and I taught high school English for two years, I love vocabulary. In school, I looked forward to making a gazillion vocab flashcards. Honestly, I LOVE words. So, I’ve decided to call this segment GET WORDY where I feature a word of the day/week/month/year that I am currently using, want to start using, or have made up. Yes, I like to make up words, too. I’m an improviser, making stuff up is what I do.

So, for my first GET WORDY post, I’m seeing double.

Today’s word: Doppelgänger

Main Entry: dop·pel·gäng·er
Variant(s): or dop·pel·gang·er \ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər, -ˌgeŋ-, ˌdä-pəl-ˈ\
Function: noun
Etymology: German Doppelgänger, from doppel- double + -gänger goer
Date: 1851
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

Has anyone ever said to you, “You look familiar,” or “You look exactly like someone I know.” Say to them, “Ahhh, must be my doppelgänger walking around.” They will immediately show respect. Doppelgänger is a word that is a force to be reckoned with. I’m just saying.

Obvi. there are a lot of different types of doppelgänger’s, but they are all in essence the same thing: a double of another person (physically or name-ily).

I kind of want to meet my doppelgänger. Or create an alter ego so that I can say that I have a doppelgänger.

*SIDE TRACK: I work part-time at this awesome gallery and toy store called Wootini (@wootinigallery) in Carr Mill Mall in Carrboro, North Carolina. We just got a new toy from Kidrobot in called the doppelgänger. I was REALLY excited. If you live near Carrboro, come check them out because they are pretty sweet.

KIDROBOT doppelgänger. Now available at Wootini. For reals.
KIDROBOT doppelgänger. Now available at Wootini.

BACK ON TRACK: So, pretty sweet word, right? Try finding a reason to use it in a sentence today. Your friends will love you for it. Question: have you met YOUR doppelgänger? If so, I’m jealous. Oh, and let me know about it! Tell me your story.