One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘it is a handsome and relatively uncommon plant’
unusual, abnormal, rare, atypical, uncustomary, unconventional, unexpected, unfamiliar, strange, odd, curious, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, out of the way, outlandish, offbeat, irregular, deviant, novel, singular, peculiar, queer, bizarre, freakish, quirky, alien
informal weird, oddball, way out, freaky, something else
North American informal off the wall
2‘attempted abductions of children are uncommon’
rare, scarce, few and far between, thin on the ground, exceptional, abnormal, isolated, occasional, infrequent, irregular, sporadic
British out of the common
3‘she displays an uncommon capacity for hard work’
remarkable, extraordinary, exceptional, singular, particular, marked, outstanding, notable, noteworthy, distinctive, striking, significant, especial, special, signal, superior, unique, unparalleled, unprecedented, prodigious
informal mind-boggling, mind-blowing
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