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Tweedledee and Tweedledummer

noun; blending
Meant to describe a pair of idiots that are interchangeable. Usually a matter of the speakers opinion describing an inseperable pair of buffoons.
 
The original phrase “tweedledee and tweedledum” comes from originally from Alice in Wonderland and are the names of two indistinguishable characters. This phrase has now been moved to a broader context to describe two characters that are so similar that they seem to be identical. In this case blending it with the word dumber suggests that the speaker views the pair of described individuals to be moronic or idiotic. However, the use of “tweedledee and tweedledum” as one of the elements of this blend gives the phrase an air of affection as tweedledee and tweedledum for all the confusion they cause are benign. Perhaps a more accurate or sharper definition of this phrase, “tweedledee and tweedledummer” is one that takes into account the expected tone to be one of begrudging affection. Here also, there is a blend of a phrase with a word. To just blend part of the phrase “tweedledum” with “dumber” would give “tweedledummer” which like the people it describes does not stand well alone. One would not expect “tweedledummer” to stand alone but rather to come as part of the pair “tweedledee and tweedledummer.”
Etymology : Blend from “tweedledee and tweedledum” and “dumber”
Source : Source: “They've captured tweedledee and tweedldummer.” - John Casey from the NBC TV show Chuck. Nov 2010.
Last modified: 8 December 2010


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