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One is unique; two are unusual

Last night I caught myself on the cusp of making a common writing mistake: I was about to use “unique” when I meant “unusual.” The difference? According to the New Oxford American Dictionary, 2nd edition (on my iBook), “unique” means “being the only one of its kind; unlike anything else.”

I was referring to The Inn at Easton, a great restaurant in Easton, MD, that serves kangaroo and barramundi. While it’s not typical for an Inn on Maryland’s Eastern Shore to serve such Australian fare, I’m not sure if it is the only establishment that does so. Hence I opted for “unusual.”

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