Talk:Tweedle-dee

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Tweedle-dee[edit]

Needs attributive cites. --Yair rand 00:29, 25 February 2010 (UTC)

Widespread use as capitalized common noun. Needs alternative forms. DCDuring TALK 13:20, 25 February 2010 (UTC)
Then it needs a new definition for this “widely understood meaning,” because the Carroll character's name is a proper name, not a common noun. The two citations present do not support the present definition. Michael Z. 2010-03-09 21:41 z

These predate Carroll. Michael Z. 2010-03-10 07:57 z

  • 1773, “Epigram on the Feuds between Handel and Bononcini”, in Miscellaneous Poems, Manchester: J. Harrop, pp 343–44:
    Some ſay, compar’d to Bononcini, / That Mynheer Handel’s but a Ninny; / Others aver, that he to Handel / Is ſcarcely fit to hold a Candle: / Strange all this Difference ſhould be, / ’Twixt Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee!

Tweedle-dum and Tweedle-dee both pass with the meaning of "one in a pair of nominally different but practically identical things" — feel free to improve my wording. They also seem to have standalone meaning — look at the 2000 quotation for Tweedle-dum. — Beobach 01:46, 25 November 2010 (UTC)