A Bit About Twins

 asked: I’m writing a story about a set of twins who start with the dominant/submissive generalization (one twin talks, the other doesn’t) and eventually plan to switch the dominance. I’m looking for information on how to write twin speak and other kinds of twin idiosyncrasies. Thanks for the help!

Normally I would advise you to do your own research, but this topic struck my fancy, so I’ve compiled some interesting resources for you. I would, however, like to stress that these links are a starting point for you, not the endpoint of your hunt for information. If you want to know about twins, I think it’s probably best to talk to twins. Hopefully, we will be able to provide you with some volunteers. 

At the bottom of the post, I will compile any further resources, including fellow writers who volunteer to answer questions for you about twins. 

So, without any further ado…

Twinspeak, also known as cryptophasia, is a type of idioglossia, or a language spoken only by one or a few people. Here’s a bit more about twinspeak.

Here are a few general but interesting article on twins.

And here are a few IAMA Reddits for twins.

If you are a twin and you would like to be a resource for tangosvu, please respond to this post and I will add you to the list.

Thank you!



Wanda & Pietro talk in the new Avengers: Age of Ultron clip

Now, whenever I hear the name “Stanley”, I always think of Stan. It’s just forever associated with this particular Stan. Also, sometimes when I ride a bus or walk on the street thinking of Ford, I see a “Ford” and I just I can’t take this car seriously anymore, guys. Like today, I walked to work and thought of Ford, and there appeared a red “Ford” right in front of me. Stans, what are you doing to me?

Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Talk About Race Through A New Cigar Line

MIAMI, FL – When Afro-Cuban-American twin sisters Yvette and Yvonne Rodriguez launched their Tres Lindas Cubanas cigar line last year, they wanted it to represent some of the diverse Cuban races as well as honor their grandmother, who inculcated them with pride in their African roots…

“The industry is dominated by older white Cuban males,” Yvette explained as she and her sister puffed away on one of their “mulata” cigars - which they say is the perfect blend for afternoons.

They say people don’t know how to react when they realize the cigar brand is owned by two young, Afro-Cuban ladies. “They don’t know whether to welcome us or question us,” Yvonne said. They both speak with a Miami accent or twang prevalent among many first-generation Cubans…

The witty and lighthearted twins speak with adoration of their maternal grandmother and admit they were also confused growing up. “She was a mulata of mixed race but she came out very light skinned,” Yevette explained.

Their grandmother emphasized the importance of being proud of being black. When people complimented her for being elegant, she would respond ‘an elegant mulata.’ Yvette explained “it was weird for us because for me she was just a white woman … she was a white woman saying 'nosotros las negras’[us black women],” they said laughing.

Although their complexion was confusing for them when they were 10 years or 12 years old, when they were a bit older they realized they were comfortable around Latinos as much as they were among African-Americans and weaved comfortably in and out of both communities.

“We could jam out to hip hop or R&B and speak Spanish a few seconds later. We are very in tune with both cultures,” Yvonne said.

Their grandmother, who was much of the inspiration behind the cigar line used to smoke cigars regularly. By the time the twins were 16 years old they were not scolded if they took a few puffs from a cigar during a family gathering. When it came time to name the cigar line they decided on “Tres Lindas Cubanas,” - which translates to three pretty Cubans - an old song from Orquesta Aragon, a band founded in Cuba in 1939, that is a constant in Cuban households. While growing up, the twins often listened to the song at family parties. “It’s old but we would jam out to it,” Yvonne said.

It was through classic music, food, and stories that Yvette and Yvonne learned about their Cuban culture. “Back then the embargo was real and there was no Internet,” Yvonne explained. Their parents were traditional, conservative, and Republican. But growing up in the U.S. they embraced African-American culture in addition to their Cuban culture and found their own identity.

so my blog's been pretty empty, so imma follow some peeps

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