There are no degrees of uniqueness.

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  1. ManlyBanisters

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    Something is either unique or it is not.

    A person or thing cannot be very unique, quite unique or a bit unique. A person or thing is either one of a kind or it is not.

    Even almost unique doesn't cut it and totally unique is just a tautology.

    So please stop doing it. You're pissing me off.
     
  2. TurkeyWithaSunburn

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    OK we won't tell you how "uniquely unique" you are. :redface: :tongue:

    I have heard that phrase used and they didn't even realize how stupid it sounded.

    You are right either it is one of a kind or it isn't.

    *prepares for :chairshot:*​
     
  3. D_Gunther Snotpole

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    Manly, you are quite uniquely anal.:cool:

    The earliest meanings of unique when it entered English around the beginning of the 17th century were “single, sole” and “having no equal.” By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, “not typical, unusual,” and it is in this wider sense that it is compared: The foliage on the late-blooming plants is more unique than that on the earlier varieties. The comparison of so-called absolutes in senses that are not absolute is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.

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  4. ManlyBanisters

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    Bollocks to your source :smile:
     
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    Ah, a real discussion.
    Thank gawd for Manly.
     
  6. Catchoftheday

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    Yes, quite unique :wink:
     
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    I agree with you 110%.
     
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    Many people use the words "totally" and "very" as meaningless intensifiers, "bit" or "quite" as meiosis as a meaningless intensifier, which I also frequently do, but you are correct that it isn't grammatically correct to do so when the word cannot logically be intensified.

    I am not bothered by the grammatical mistakes of others, so I tend to be careless with my grammar when I speak and write.

    That's hilarious!
     
  9. THEDUDEofDestiny

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    the internet has proven that no one is unique
     
  10. Incocknito

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    There are no degrees of eunuch either. Get it in your thick skulls!!
     
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    Like, totally... :tongue:
     
  12. exwhyzee

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    This reminds me of what architect Frank Lloyd Wright once said of his client Aline Barnsdale "She was neither neo, quasi, or psuedo." He designed for her Hollyhock House. I always liked that description. Its kinda quasi psuedo unique.
     
  13. midlifebear

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    From the Life of Brian, Sermon on the Mount spoof:

    Locutor: "We are all individuals!
    Audience: We are all individuals!
    One wee voice: "I'm not."
     
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    What inspired this? Specific post, specific situation, etc. or just something that's been on your mind?
     
  15. ManlyBanisters

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    Yes :smile:
     
  16. D_Geffarde Phartsmeller

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    I'll agree. It's a black-and-white concept. People don't like those.
     
  17. exwhyzee

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    Its one of those "From the desk of ManBan" things. :rolleyes:
     
  18. D_Gunther Snotpole

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    No it's not.
    As one poster noted above:

    The earliest meanings of unique when it entered English around the beginning of the 17th century were “single, sole” and “having no equal.” By the mid-19th century unique had developed a wider meaning, “not typical, unusual,” and it is in this wider sense that it is compared: The foliage on the late-blooming plants is more unique than that on the earlier varieties. The comparison of so-called absolutes in senses that are not absolute is standard in all varieties of speech and writing.

    So someone was trying to help manly.
    But did she lissen?
    Noooo.
     
  19. D_Gunther Snotpole

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    Graduate of the Ronald Reagan Comprehension Academy, are we?
     
  20. maxcok

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    A lot of people do. They are generally absolutists and/or authoritarians. They are hardly unique.
     
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