I have a friend who has exactly the same accidents, injuries, mess ups, failings, etc., as I but I can't find a word in English (or otherwise) for it. Physically, we're opposite as night and day. But when something goes wrong, I can match story for story.

  • You could coin doppelschlimazel. – 0.. Jul 12 '19 at 2:56
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    Funnily enough, if you analyse the etymology of sympathy, it means suffering together... – Gerardo Furtado Jul 12 '19 at 4:22
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    Doubtful you'll find anything that specific in the English language without using a hyphenated word. Injury-clone or mishap-twin come to mind. Add some alliteration for peril-pair or disaster-double. – user150753 Jul 12 '19 at 10:06
  • Although the intention of the question is clear, I have no idea what a shlemazlu is. – Jason Bassford Jul 12 '19 at 15:50
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    For a hyphenated term, perhaps you are victims-in-arms. (But none of these phrases are objectively common.) – Jason Bassford Jul 12 '19 at 15:51

Assuming that the absolutely-not-English word "shlemazlut" is derived from the Yiddish word "schlemazel" to mean the foolery of such a fool as a "schlemazel," then the word you're probably looking for is "schlemiel."

In Yiddish, the counterpart of a "schlemazel" is a "schlemiel." They aren't identical twins but instead are two very different fools, two very different fools engaged in the same foolery and two very different fools who come together in a complementary fashion as a dyad such that in their ongoing foolery, the "schlemiel" becomes the one who spills the soup and the "schlemazel" becomes the one who slips on it.



I use the term "mirrors" when it comes to person who exhibit similar thoughts "whoa they completed my sentence..."

also, is your ask neologistic too? leaving aside your tag of "single-word-requests": The thought "quantum entanglement" comes to my mind, and hence I posted this question: https://physics.stackexchange.com/questions/503894/noun-for-particles-that-are-quantum-ly-entangled

so until that is answered ... "he/she is my quangler / quantum-mate / quantum entangler" :p

Edit: as per answer there, "entangled" can be a word that will connote the meaning you want to convey when the audience is bit sciency


Partner in misfortune or a broader synonym fellow-sufferer could fit there.

I assume the shlemazlut are the misfortunate incidents that happen to the schlemozel. Here's a usage example from the Independent (UK).

The skate's partner in misfortune is the angel shark, also known as the monkfish.

Amos Oz's A tale of love and darkness also uses the phrase. It's the English translation of the Hebrew, which made me wonder if the original also used some phrase with mazal:

Often each sees in the other not a partner in misfortune but in fact the image of their common oppressor.

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