Word Wednesday – “Doppelgänger”
• “Doppelgänger” is my word for WordWednesday.
• Noun: A ghostly double of a living person or two people who physically resemble each other very much.
• Pronunciation – dop·pel·gäng·er , ˈdä-pəl-ˌgaŋ-ər , -ˌgeŋ-, dä-pəl-ˈgaŋ-, -ˈgeŋ- er, doppelganger
• Seeing my “Doppelgänger” on TV in the documentary about the Wizard of Oz, was extraordinary!
Closing Thought and History
• During the documentary about L. Frank Baum and the Wizard of Oz, when they showed crowds for a premier of the movie in 1939, the photo I have attached appeared. My husband said, “Look it is your doppelgänger!” The woman in the big white hat look liked me, when I was a young woman, in my teens and twenties. I know my some of family members resemble me and can be somewhat of a “Doppelgänger.” However, this photo was shocking!
• According to age-old German folklore, all living creatures have a spirit double who is invisible but identical to the living individual. These second selves are perceived as being distinct from ghosts (which appear only after death), and sometimes they are described as the spiritual opposite or negative of their human counterparts. In 1796, German writer Johann Paul Richter, who wrote under the pseudonym Jean Paul, coined the word Doppelgänger (from doppel-, meaning “double,” and -gänger, meaning “goer”) to refer to such specters.
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