Saturday 29 October 2011


In continuing celebration of my favourite words, today’s is peculiar. I use this word fairly often in daily life (mainly in celebrating the strange and wonderful people I have the fortune to encounter living in the city).

When I started writing this blog, I typed the word peculiar and then had a mini-crisis about how to spell it. Doesn’t it look peculiar! I thought. That spelling can’t be right: it looks peculiar. The dictionary (today’s choice the Cambridge Dictionaries Online) states the meaning as “unusual and strange, sometimes in an unpleasant way”. How wonderful for a word to look as odd as the meaning it portrays.

Indeed I do employ it mostly in an unpleasant way, usually to describe sinister characters or unusual flavours of sandwich perhaps. And when I say unusual, the most recent encountered was a golden syrup sandwich – too sweet for my taste I’m afraid. Definitely peculiar!

So for the day I am enjoying the wonderful weirdness of the word peculiar. Join me and share an unusual and strange sentence using this word.

Elloise Hopkins.

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