Thursday, May 26, 2011

Really unique

OK - just read that title again will you?

Now....... Are you seething, or expecting something very special?

One of my most serious peeves is misuse of words. (not misspelling, poor grammar, etc - genuine errors in what words mean.) Take 'unique'. I have lost count of the number of times I have heard or read, 'almost unique', 'really unique' and other modifiers attached to the word.

The dictionary definition of unique is: single, sole, unrivalled.
Almost unique is like being a little bit pregnant.

The reason for today's rant is that 'really unique' was on a BBC radio news report. And they should know better!


Sandra Davies said...

Ten out of ten for me because I instantly remembered a primary school lesson where the phrase 'most unique' was offered for discussion. Rarely for me, since I always have been naturally good at English grammar, I had to have it explained, and have never forgotten the humiliation!

MorningAJ said...

Talking of humiliation - we did Wuthering Heights for O level and I can still remember how it felt to have the difference between gambling and gambolling explained publicly......

Sandra Davies said...

Oh!!! Thanks for the huge laugh this gave me - much needed!

Jarmara Falconer said...

Hi Morning AJ, How about this for unique?
I've just tag you. You will find the six questions you need to answer on my blog. Have fun!

Right now it's over to see Sandra and she pretty unique herself :-)