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Thursday, May 07, 2009

Those People All Look Alike

Identical twins Yang Kang and Yang Jian married identical twins Zhang Lanxiang and Jiang Juxiang.

At their joint wedding, the brothers sported different haircuts while the sisters wore different coloured dresses so people could tell them apart.

"We really can't distinguish who's who, so we ask them to name themselves before speaking," said Zhang Shengzhong, the father of the twin sisters.

And the grandmother of the twin brothers admitted: "If I can't tell the difference, I just answer them with a smile without speaking." [Link]
[Thanks, Nancy!]

John

Slightly confused about the naming system. At first, with the twin grooms, I thought it was family name first. But neither name is the same with the sister brides.

Maybe the family names aren't being included in the story.

Chris

I was wondering about that too. I would guess that the family name of both brides is actually Zhang.

Andy E. Wold

Zhang and Jiang are different spellings of the same Chinese surname.

The father and one sister use the "Zh" spelling, and the other sister probably uses the "Ji" spelling to more closely match her given name.

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