The family (and we are a big one) often goes round and round on this one. Dad would bring it up because he knew it would push Mom's buttons. Then we kids would get into it too.
Mom's answer was always the knee jerk "four" in her Captain Obvious voice. Her back up? "I have asked math teachers and English teachers and they say four."
Yeah that answer is full of logic. Not!
Dad would pull out the old Webster.
pair: noun, plural pairs; pair, verb.
noun: 1. two identical, similar, or corresponding things that are matched for use together: a pair of gloves; a pair of earrings.
2. something consisting of or regarded as having two parts or pieces joined together: a pair of scissors; a pair of slacks.
3. two individuals who are similar or in some way associated: a pair of liars; a pair of seal pups.
twin: noun, adjective, verb, twinned, twin·ning.
noun:1. either of two children or animals brought forth at a birth.
2. either of two persons or things closely related to or closely resembling each other.
A pair is two individuals or things. A pair of idiots, a pair of liars, a pair of dice, a pair of aces
A twin is one individual that is closely matched to another individual.
A pair of twins is two individuals who belong to a closely matched set.
Think of it this way. For the sake of argument, you have a twin sister and I have a twin sister. Each of us is a twin. We are a pair of twins.
Or as Dad put it, "A pair is two things that come in twos. A twin is one of two things that come in twos. A pair of twins is two of one of two things that come in twos. Therefore: a pair of twins is two."
Mom's response was "No! A set of twins is two. So a pair of twins is four."
Dad: "A pair of sets of twins is four. A pair of twins if two. I never asked about sets of twins."
Dad slept on the couch.
Edited by: TIMOTHYNOHE at: 11/26/2012 (19:33)
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