There are no degrees of uniqueness.

Discussion in 'Et Cetera, Et Cetera' started by ManlyBanisters, Apr 6, 2010.

  1. ManlyBanisters

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2007
    Messages:
    12,799
    Likes Received:
    8
    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

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 23, 2005
    Messages:
    3,611
    Albums:
    5
    Likes Received:
    344
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Denver, Colorado
    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

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,584
    Likes Received:
    6
    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.

    [source]
     
  4. ManlyBanisters

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2007
    Messages:
    12,799
    Likes Received:
    8
    Bollocks to your source :smile:
     
  5. D_Gunther Snotpole

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,584
    Likes Received:
    6
    Ah, a real discussion.
    Thank gawd for Manly.
     
  6. Catchoftheday

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Aug 11, 2007
    Messages:
    18,346
    Likes Received:
    180
    Location:
    England (GB)
    Yes, quite unique :wink:
     
  7. Drifterwood

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2007
    Messages:
    16,049
    Likes Received:
    584
    Location:
    Fingringhoe (GB)
    I agree with you 110%.
     
  8. petite

    petite New Member

    Joined:
    Mar 3, 2010
    Messages:
    7,514
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    43
    Gender:
    Female
    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

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Apr 6, 2008
    Messages:
    1,274
    Likes Received:
    6
    the internet has proven that no one is unique
     
  10. Incocknito

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jan 11, 2009
    Messages:
    2,545
    Likes Received:
    7
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    La monde
    There are no degrees of eunuch either. Get it in your thick skulls!!
     
  11. helgaleena

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Sep 8, 2006
    Messages:
    5,661
    Albums:
    2
    Likes Received:
    8
    Gender:
    Female
    Location:
    Wisconsin USA
    Like, totally... :tongue:
     
  12. exwhyzee

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Messages:
    4,570
    Likes Received:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    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

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Dec 21, 2007
    Messages:
    5,907
    Likes Received:
    13
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Nevada, Buenos Aires, and Barçelona
    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."
     
  14. D_Geffarde Phartsmeller

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,227
    Likes Received:
    4
    What inspired this? Specific post, specific situation, etc. or just something that's been on your mind?
     
  15. ManlyBanisters

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Mar 19, 2007
    Messages:
    12,799
    Likes Received:
    8
    Yes :smile:
     
  16. D_Geffarde Phartsmeller

    Joined:
    Oct 15, 2007
    Messages:
    1,227
    Likes Received:
    4
    I'll agree. It's a black-and-white concept. People don't like those.
     
  17. exwhyzee

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Jun 5, 2005
    Messages:
    4,570
    Likes Received:
    50
    Gender:
    Male
    Its one of those "From the desk of ManBan" things. :rolleyes:
     
  18. D_Gunther Snotpole

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,584
    Likes Received:
    6
    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

    D_Gunther Snotpole Account Disabled

    Joined:
    Oct 3, 2005
    Messages:
    14,584
    Likes Received:
    6
    Graduate of the Ronald Reagan Comprehension Academy, are we?
     
  20. maxcok

    Gold Member

    Joined:
    Nov 17, 2009
    Messages:
    7,359
    Likes Received:
    17
    Gender:
    Male
    Location:
    Elsewhere
    A lot of people do. They are generally absolutists and/or authoritarians. They are hardly unique.
     
Draft saved Draft deleted