One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the unusual sight of a golden eagle flying over Regents Park’
uncommon, abnormal, atypical, unexpected, surprising, unfamiliar, unwonted, different
strange, odd, curious, out of the ordinary, extraordinary, out of the way, unorthodox, uncustomary, unconventional, outlandish, offbeat, off-centre, deviant, novel, singular, peculiar, queer, bizarre, freakish, quirky, alien
rare, scarce, few and far between, thin on the ground, exceptional, isolated, occasional, infrequent, irregular, sporadic
British out of the common
informal weird, oddball, way out, freaky, something else
North American informal off the wall, backasswards
2‘a man of unusual talent’
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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