Ways of Saying that Something Is Unusual
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Ways of saying that something is unusual:
- One of a kind
- Out of the ordinary
- Stand out like a sore thumb
Meaning: to be different from others in the sense that it is easily noticed or recognized, characteristic.
- People often call Mars a red planet because of its distinctive red colour.
- That pasta you always make has a distinctive taste.
- That fish has a distinctive stripe down its tale.
Meaning: unusual and interesting, coming from a foreign country.
- We watched some exotic dance last night.
- Lucy has always been different. For example, she likes wearing exotic clothes or eating exotic food.
- We are going to spend a holiday on an exotic island in the Maldives.
Meaning: strange, surprising and rare.
- Isn’t it extraordinary that Simon can sleep during a very noisy party?
- They want to make a hotel in the middle of a desert. Isn’t that an extraordinary idea?
- That frog has teeth. How extraordinary!
Meaning: strange and unusual.
- Our neighbours are a bit odd. They rarely have any friends or visitors round.
- It is an odd thing to say.
- I remember Helen wearing odd socks back in high school.
One of a kind
Meaning: very rare or unusual.
- Mary is a very unusual woman – one of a kind.
- This strange flower is one of a kind.
Out of the ordinary
Meaning: different or unusual, beyond one’s expectations. You will often hear that something is nothing out of the ordinary, which means that it is not unusual.
- Have you noticed anything out of the ordinary in Robert’s behaviour?
- We had a nice lunch in a luxury hotel in Paris but nothing out of the ordinary though.
Meaning: strange or unusual, often in an unpleasant way.
- The mushrooms taste a bit peculiar. Are you sure they were fresh?
- There was something peculiar in the way the actor talked.
- The victim died in rather peculiar circumstances.
Stand/stick out like a sore thumb
Meaning: used to describe someone different from the people around them and therefore noticeable.
- You shouldn’t wear a suit to that party because you’ll stand out like a sore thumb. Everyone will be wearing casual clothes.
- That tall man sticks out like a sore thumb in that crowd of people.
Meaning: different from what is considered usual.
- They produced the medicine by an unconventional method.
- Maria had a rather unconventional approach toward her work.
- David had a bit of an unconventional study habit, preferring to study at night.
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