Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Two Faced

Israel Zangwill wrote a century ago that “Life is Janus-faced, and the humorist invests his characters with a double mask; they stand for comedy as well as for tragedy.”
Janus, a Roman God, has the image of a man with two faces, looking forwards and backwards. Read more about him here

It seems obvious what the phrase means when used today. A person is portraying two distinct personalities, at least one of them deceitful. In case you weren't sure, it's not a compliment. 

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