Word of the month: Doppelgänger



They always says things like we look like our cars, our pets, or our spouses. Do we look like these things because we spend so much time with them or are we drawn to the things that are most like ourselves?

I have met a couple of nice, normal fellas from the dating site. Two of these meetings have been a dog walk. I told J that Coe has black fur with gray.  That well, we both do. When I tell people Coe’s age, I really want to lie. I don’t have this vanity about myself, but I do for my dog. When I tell people her age, I always quickly follow it with “but she doesn’t know it.” In our move, we found a new vet. The doctor said her favorite comment in Coe’s chart was “she’s aging gracefully.”  I’d like to say the same for myself.

As a kid, my parents were older than my friend’s parents and my siblings are so much older than I am.  I think this is why I’ve always been a terrible judge of age. I remember mothers when I was a kid, and they were old. People tell me I don’t look my age. I certainly try not to act my age.  Neither Coe nor I act our age. She may look her age a little more than I do. 

I think Coe may be my doppelgänger. Lula Harp certainly is.


Merriam-Webster defines Doppelgänger as

: a ghostly counterpart of a living person
: double
: alter ego


Oxford English Dictionary gives us this:

Etymology: German doppelgänger or Dutch dubbelganger double-goer.

The apparition of a living person; a double, a wraith.

1830   Scott Lett. Demonol. & Witchcraft 178 (note) ,   He..may probably find it to be his own fetch or wraith or double-ganger.


This is the first time I feel like the OED isn’t really complete. This is the original definition, while the more modern use doesn’t have the negative or evil connotation. MW touches on the more modern use of the alter ego or double, as does the Urban Dictionary.  I found the Urban Dictionary the most entertaining definition.

Someone that looks the exact same as another person. yet not a twin. ghost identical to living person: an apparition in the form of a double of a living person

yo i saw someone that looked just like u…could have been your doppelganger


When I was trying to come up with this month’s word, I asked a couple people what it should be. My physical therapist suggested this word. This topic had been rolling around in the back of my mind for awhile, not necessarily this word. Eric had sent the art a week before and I thought David’s suggestion was just right.

Do you have a doppelgänger?

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10 thoughts on “Word of the month: Doppelgänger

  1. Good morning! I’ve never been told that I ‘look’ just like somebody. However, one of my friends said that after watching a movie, Joan Cusack reminded him of me. Now she’s not your typical beauty and he felt funny telling me about it. But Ms. Cusack is a character and I’d rather be associated with that than just another pretty face! Doppleganger is a great word! I wish there were more ways to use it in everyday speech! 🙂

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  2. I have one of those faces that people are always mistaking for someone else. Not so much since I gained so much weight that my face is now round. Whenever I went somewhere with my father, people would state how much I looked like him. If I went out with my mother people would exclaim about how much we looked alike (Not so much. My sister, however, is her spitting image). I used to have people tell me they had seen me in all kinds of places that I’ve never been to. I hope that when I get to my mother’s last age (65) that I will look like her. She was the youngest old lady I’ve ever known!

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