by, 19th August 2010 at 05:42 AM (558 Views)
What is it that people don't understand about the word unique? How hard is it to understand that it means one of a kind? Just like it does in French, and it's Latin origin, unicus does. unicus stems from the root unus, meaning one.
Uniqueness is absolute. Either something is unique, or it isn't. It cannot possibly be both, or somewhere in between. "Relatively unique", is a perfect example of that. If it isn't one of a kind, then don't use Unique. Use "rare" or something
Unique is a very powerful word. Don't use it lightly. Treat it with respect and it doesn't need an explanation. Muddy the waters with improper usage and it'll lose it's meaning, and eventually we'll end up without a proper language at all.
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