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Tweedledee & Tweedledum

Updated on January 12, 2013

Tweedledee & Tweedledum -- Why Do They Always Look So Glum?

Welcome to "All You Ever Wanted to Know about the Dashing Duo of Dudes named Tweedledee & Tweedledum"!

Surely, you've heard of them! No, they're not the "Bobbsey Twins". No, not the "Doublemint Gum Twins". Good Lord no, not the "Minnesota Twins" either.

Word has they're a figment of someone's imagination, and they're not even twins at all!

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Photo Credit Source: From "Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll, 'Alice and Tweedledee and Tweedledum', illustration by John Tenniel.

WHO ARE TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM ANYWAY?

"Tweedledee" and "Tweedledum" are fictional characters from a well-known children's book entitled, Through the Looking Glass and What Alice Found There, written by Lewis Carroll in 1871. Often portrayed as pleasingly plump twins who are identical in speech, attitude, and appearance, they are in fact cousins.

The origin of these characters can be found in the early nineteenth century nursery rhymes featuring two pugnacious pot-bellied personalities. Although they argued over trivial matters, they never actually contradicted each other nor ever really got down to blows according to the following delightful ditty:

Tweedledum and Tweedledee

Agreed to have a battle;

For Tweedledum said Tweedledee

Had spoiled his nice new rattle.

Just then flew down a monstrous crow,

As black as a tar-barrel;

Which frightened both the heroes so,

They quite forgot their quarrel.

So, just in case you're getting a little lost in this shaggy dog tale and scratching your head a wee bit, the dictionary states that "tweedle·dum· and tweedle·dee" is a noun phrase, meaning "two persons or things so much alike as to be almost indistinguishable". Figuratively speaking, any two people or positions that have no real differences are said to be like "Tweedledum and Tweedledee".

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Photo Credit Source: From "Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass" by Lewis Carroll, 'Alice and Tweedledee and Tweedledum', illustration by John Tenniel.

The Tweedle Twins Send You Oodles of Tacky Tweets for 2013!

The Tweedle Twins Send You Oodles of Tacky Tweets for 2013!
The Tweedle Twins Send You Oodles of Tacky Tweets for 2013!

MORE TWEEDLEDEES AND TWEEDLEDUMS?

Who would have guessed that there would be more "Tweedledees" and "Tweedledums" hiding in the closet?

Let's see there:

1) Two fraternal twins called "Tweedledee" and "Tweedledum" appear in the anime Kiddy Grade.

2) Two long-time DC Comic "Batman" villains, "Tweedle Dee" and "Tweedle Dum" are also known as "Deever" and "Dumfree" Tweed.

3) "Tweedle Dee and Tweedle Dum" is the opening song on Bob Dylan's 2001 album, "Love and Theft".

4) "Tweedle Dee", song by LaVern Baker, (this recording appears on YouTube).

5) "Tweedle Dee" is also the name of a typeface font.

6) Did you know that "Tweedle Dee" is a tweeded yarn with a shaded color effect?

7) Tweedledum and Tweedledee is the name of an album by Blossom Dearie and Mike Renzie.

8) The BBC's satirical radio show, "The News at Bedtime" feature the main characters, John Tweedledum and Jim Tweedledee.

9) Tweedledee and Tweedledum appear in the final scene of the the Disney film, "Who Framed Roger Rabbit.".

10) How about trying on some Tweedledee and Tweedledum costumes for Halloween?

WIT AND WISDOM IN A WORLD OF WONKS

"If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense.

Nothing would be what it is because everything would be what it isn't."

Who says the world couldn't use two more twits like Tweedledee & Tweedledum?

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Image Credit: Jack Davis illustration - deniskitchen.com

T & T - IT'S ALL GREEK TO ME!

TWEEDLEDEE AND TWEEDLEDUM TRIVIA

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Image Credit: http://www.figurerealm.com/Galleries/americanmcgeesalice/TweedleDum1-S2

Who spoiled Tweedledum's nice new rattle?

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For Tweedledee & Tweedledum Types Only!

Disney Pins - Alice in Wonderland - Tweedledee and Tweedledum - 2 Pin Set - Pin 74871
Disney Pins - Alice in Wonderland - Tweedledee and Tweedledum - 2 Pin Set - Pin 74871

When you wear this on your lapel, everyone knows you've got a real sense of humor.

 
Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee twill Hat
Alice in Wonderland Tweedledee twill Hat

A hilarious hat for a terrific Tweedledee.

 
Adult Tweedle Dee / Dum Costume
Adult Tweedle Dee / Dum Costume

A crazy costume for Tweedledee and Tweedledum types.

 
Adult's Tweedle Dee Halloween Costume (Size: Standard 44)
Adult's Tweedle Dee Halloween Costume (Size: Standard 44)

For those who love more formal funny attire.

 

ONLY IN AMERICA...

The Constitution gives every American the inalienable right to make a damn fool of himself.

THE TWINS OF TWADDLE - Tweedledee and Tweedledum convey their Ho Ho Ho Holiday Greetings.

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Image Credit: casa-diseno-blog.com/tweedledee-and-tweedledum-elves-the-snippets.jpg

TINY TOMES AND TRINKETS FROM THE TWEEDLES

Alice in Wonderland
Alice in Wonderland

For those who can't get enough of imaginary places and people!

 
Alice in Wonderland [Blu-ray]
Alice in Wonderland [Blu-ray]

The latest film out about Alice and all the odd characters from Wonderland including the two talkative types...the Tweedles.

 

If you're a fan of peculiar people and peculiar places, then you probably know all about Tweedledee and Tweedledum...but do feel free to leave a colorful comment or two, if the spirit moves you!

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    • askformore lm profile image

      askformore lm 4 years ago

      What can I say but: Dee and Dum!

    • nadjaiskeniskie profile image

      nadjaiskeniskie 6 years ago

      "Tweedledee" and "Tweedledum"

      where walking hand in hand

      if only, said Tweedledum,

      the law would understand.

    • TwinsMama LM profile image

      TwinsMama LM 8 years ago

      Thanks for joining the "Everything Twins and Multiples" Group! So many twins parents jokingly call their twins Tweedledee & Tweedledum - so funny that they aren't even twins, but have come to represent them.