Pet Peeve

Aug 14 2014 Published by under Uncategorized

Modifiers on the word unique.

From Ray Blount, Jr.:

I have to be firm on this: unique is not to be modified. Adding very or absolutely is like putting a propeller on a rabbit to make him hop better. It won't work, and he won't be a rabbit anymore.

Things are unique. They can not be more unique. Or very unique. Either it is or is not.

One response so far

  • Ben says:

    Right on! However, special dispensation should be given to Robert Sapolsky, who often says in his comparative evolution and behavior talks that "All species are unique, but some are uniquier."

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