The other day, MRP was overheard to exclaim, “It’s extremely unique!”
And like a train wreck, I couldn’t look away and I couldn’t make it stop. I said it at least two more times.
Okay, here’s the deal: A thing cannot be extremely unique. It cannot be very unique. It cannot be the most unique. It’s either unique or it isn’t.
O’Conner says, “There is no degree of uniqueness, because unique is absolute.” Fowler intones, “It is applicable only to what is in some respect the sole existing specimen, the precise like of which may be sought in vain.”
What they said.