Nothing is More Unique!

Over the past 40 years I have listened to literally thousands of college students’ presentations and hundreds of business people’s presentations. Although not a grammarian, I hear repeatedly in those speeches a glaring error—the misuse of unique. No one seems immune to this error, yet it is such a simple one to correct! Unique means “one of a kind.”  Thus there cannot be “most unique” or “more unique.”  If you use the word unique, there can only be one in existence. Each of us is unique. No one in the world is exactly like you or me. Yet I hear people say, “He is one of the most unique people I know.”  Simply say, “He is unique.”

This word is usually in any list of misused words. Yet many who otherwise use the language well fail by saying, “The dessert was very unique.” The tiramisu was either unique or it wasn’t. The word unique stands alone.

This blog may be similar to other blogs, but mine is unique.

Steve Boyd
Steve Boyd
Stephen D. Boyd, Ph.D., CSP, is Professor Emeritus of Speech Communication, College of Informatics, Northern Kentucky University, near Cincinnati. Steve won the Toastmasters International Speech Contest in 1970 and was chosen Outstanding Professor of the Year at NKU in 1984, among other awards and honors. Since retiring, he volunteers with nonprofits, spends time with family, travels, preaches occasionally, and enjoys reading and writing. Contact Steve at (859) 866-5693 or at steveboyd111@gmail.com.

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