Noun: twin, double
Kaksonen appears in our example in its commonly heard partitive plural form, kaksosia, meaning ”twins.” Also commonly heard is kaksoset, the nominitive plural. (Note that Kaksoset with a capital ”K” refers to the astrological sign or constellation Gemini, also known as ”the Twins.”)
Kaksonen comes from kaksi, which means ”two.”
When used as modifier in compound terms appears in the form kaksois– and its English equivalents are adjectives twin, double, binary and dual.
Some words using the modifier kaksois– are:
- kaksoisleuka – double chin
- kaksoiselämä – ”double life”
- kaksoisvee – the name for the letter W in the Finnish alphabet, literally ”double v.”
Today’s example photo is from a Helsingin Sanomat news story about a pair of ”identtisiä kaksosia” (”identical twins”) who are also musicians.