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Idential Twins Advice on Top Ten Things Not To Say or Do To Twins

Updated on April 7, 2011

How many of you know twin or triplets? I thought it might be quite fun and helpful to write top ten things that multiples cringe at. My life as a twin has been a lot of fun. There are those unbelievable things that singletons do or say to us multiples that have us just shaking our head. Let me show you here by way of: Top Ten Things Not To Say or Do To Identical Twins

10. Why are you asking me that? That is between you and my sister. " Oh, but your like the same person." Errrrrrr

9. Your so much cuter than your twin.

8. Don't ever take sides when twins are in a fight.... That would be your bad.....They will doubly turn on you. ##@#@#@

7. One birthday cake for the both of us mom? Puke

6. My name is Laura, not twin, thank you very much.

5. Which one of you is the smarter twin?

4. Twins paraded around in beauty pageants? I think not.

3. Matching outfits daily mom? What were you thinking?

2. Gossip about one twin to the other? Sacrilege

1. Your definitely the more outgoing or social twin. Duh?

In conclusion,

It is a riot being a twin because people say the darnedest things. Life is so full of funnies and I thought it would be a good thing to give you some ammunition for the next encounter of the " Twin Kind."

© Laura Rogers Arne


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      Emily 5 years ago from Florida

      Thank you for writing this. I am a new mother of identical twin girls. Since reading through this I have already started to catch myself referring to them as "the twins" instead of their names and I am trying really hard to change that. I think it is helpful to see what things have bothered you, so that I can hope to avoid some of them with my girls. Thanks!

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      Jake Brannen 5 years ago from Canada

      Cute hub, lol. Let's not forget "which one is the evil one?" I knew a set of twins growing up and I'm afraid I have been guilty of a handful of these offenses in my day :/

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      Laura Arne 6 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Happyboomernurse and Jenna

      I love the fact that people are fascinated with twins. It makes us feel so special.

      Jenna, I am so glad your gonna send this to your friend who has twins.

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      Jenna Pope 6 years ago from Southern California

      Interesting article! I have a friend who has two sets of identical twins -- two years apart. All boys! I'm going to send your article to her.


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      Gail Sobotkin 6 years ago from South Carolina

      Interesting hub. I've always been fascinated by identical twins and triplets. Is that another dumb thing to say to a twin? (smile).

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Wow, I can't believe this woman got so mad. World record to be sure.

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      Beth100 7 years ago from Canada

      Healing Touch, oh my, my friend!

      My two sons are 14 months apart yet people always thought they were identical twins. :P Go figure! But, the funny story is this: in the grocery store, a lady asked me how it was with twins boys. I told her they weren't twins. She got angry and yelled at me: "I know twins when I see them, and these two are twins! You can't fool me!" She stalked off fuming! I couldn't help but laugh as I considered how long it took his baby twin to be born! A world's record, perhaps?!? :D

      Great list, and thanks for the laugh! Hope you're well!

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      Fay Paxton 7 years ago

      Just yesterday I was in a doctor's waiting room with a set of identical triplets. I couldn't believe the dumb things people remarked.

      voted up/funny

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      b. Malin 7 years ago

      It sounds like you've got your questions down to a Science...but I bet you two also have a lot of fun at the silliness of others...You've educated all of us...Thanks Healing Touch.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Marcella Glenn

      I love your comment. We are for sure unusual.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Nell Rose

      Linda and I looked so much alike when we were in elementary school that people had to remember which twin had the U on her nose and which one had the O. Funny. I feel bad you got scared off to talk to them. We do have a good sense of humour about it all.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Good one buddy, but it is kind of true.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      It is so magical being a twin. Linda and I don't have to say a word. We know just what the other is saying without words. I am shocked it was hard for the twins you shopped with to not dress alike. I was so mad as a kid having to look the same.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      There are those twins that look nothing alike. You went for the outgoing one huh? lol

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Thanks for stopping by.

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      Thomas Silvia 7 years ago from Massachusetts

      Hi Healing Touch thanks for this great top ten list of things not to say to twins .

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      Exmoor 7 years ago

      Some of these 'durs' apply to non-identical twins too though. One confusing thing is when you realize they look nothing alike, and you find out they're sisters. I thought one was younger and only tried to make friends with the one 'nearest my age'. Uh-oh is right, especially when the other one was more outgoing. Oopsies.

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN

      Gus the redneck,

      What a riot, in my high school, there were many twins and we all looked alike

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      Gustave Kilthau 7 years ago from USA

      Hi Healing Touch - The high school class I was in had three sets of "identical" twins. Lucky for them and for the rest of us, they were absolutely un-identical even though they were identical.

      Gus :-)))

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      Kathi 7 years ago from Saugatuck Michigan

      Okay, I'll not say those annoying things to twins...I promise

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      Kathy 7 years ago from California

      Great Hub - Most seem so obviously "common sense" but then again, thanks for the warning Healing Touch!

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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Thanks so much. I had so much fun with this. Hope people know this is fun.

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      RevLady 7 years ago from Lantana, Florida

      I know my twin nieces would agree with your list. Thank you for sharing. It is good information for non-twins to know.

      Forever His

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      Healing touch 7 years ago

      Twilight Lawns,

      Your funny and spot on because some do say are you related for fear of looking silly.

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      Denizee 7 years ago

      Having friends who are twins I can relate and appreciate the humor and truth in this Hub. Very nicely written and well worth reading! Voted up.

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      Marcella Glenn 7 years ago from PA

      People ask questions, sometimes stupid ones, of the un-usual.

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      Brenda Barnes 7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Cute list and great advice. Restraint and manners would prevent many of these statements. Thanks for the interesting Hub.

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      Deborah Demander 7 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Great list of things not to say. Hope I remember them the next time I run into a twin.


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      Laura Arne 7 years ago from Minnetonka, MN


      Your so right. We do have some golden goodies that we spew once in a while. I remember one night my friends and I and my twin sister were on a wharf having cocktails. This guy a few years older than us and very good looking came over to talk to us. He probably thought we would be honored since he was older. The minute my twin walked away he told me how much cuter I was than my twin. I could not hold my tongue. First of all, she is a doll, secondly, this guy thought I would like that. Anyway, Yes, baseball, ahhhhhh

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      Poohgranma 7 years ago from On the edge

      I had the privilege of going shopping with twin girls and some friends as they got heir Senior Prom dresses. It was they first time they didn't dress alike and the decision was not easy for them. I remember what a bond there was between them, almost speaking without the need for words. With all of the irritations you had to endure, I'm sure the wonder of being a twin must be at least equally magical. Fun read!!!

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      einron 7 years ago from Toronto, Ontario, CANADA

      I have twin grandnieces and they have the same birth date as my dad and I. Unfortunately, they live in America and I in Canada, so did not do much sociaiizing.

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      Nell Rose 7 years ago from England

      Hi, I remember at school there were twins who were literally identical, apart from one had a small freckle on her left cheek and her sister had a freckle on her right, the amount of times that I had a conversation with one, and later in the day carried on the conversation with the other without realising it happened so many times I can't even count! lol in the end I gave up trying to talk to them, I got fed up of them giving me funny looks because neither knew what I was talking about! lol

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      neeleshkulkarni 7 years ago from new delhi

      but Laura you are Linda's twin ahahaaaa no wonder i feel so close to you, she is a friend you see. lolllllll

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      Twilight Lawns 7 years ago from Norbury-sur-Mer, Surrey, England. U.K.

      So I suppose, "You two look very similar. Are you related?" would be out of the question.

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      justom 7 years ago from 41042

      Ha, I bet you do have people saying some stupid stuff but I also bet you two have tons of comebacks for them. You should do a hub about that. has started :-P Peace!! Tom