One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Logic. Something categorized as an individual, without being identified as a particular individual or an individual of a particular kind. Also occasionally in extended use: a person or thing of no worth or substance; a cipher.
Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas Cranmer (1489–1556), archbishop of Canterbury. From post-classical Latin individuum vagum from classical Latin indīviduum + vagum, neuter of vagus.
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