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pet peeve: abuse of the word “unique”
Nov 18th, 2010 by wrekehavoc

you are one-of-a-kind. unless, of course, you are schizophrenic.

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to me, unique is an absolute term, meaning unparalleled or without an equivalent. it is nonpareil (and not to be confused with the yummy chocolate candy that features such little white beads.) and when people state that something is VERY unique, it makes me CRA-ZY! and no, i am not some pedantic asshole who looks down from on high; i’m just a person who appreciates proper word usage.

advertisers have trumpeted the word unique, making it mean extraordinary. and yes, something can be extraordinary if it is unique. but being extraordinary doesn’t necessarily mean something is unique — two different concepts. i mean, i think plenty of things are out-of-this-world, but they are also reproducible.

but unique? ah. there’s the difference. the only one.

like this guy:
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and, since it’s november 18, there’s another special guy who completely fits the bill:

happy birthday, BS!


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