Different

The word different is used to describe, well, different things and with different meaning.

About people different used to be used to describe something negative. She’s different!

Now thankfully I hear it most often used as a positive. She’s different (and thus has something else (and good/better to offer). 

But by saying someone or something is different we have also expressed a need to point out something that is obvious. Think about it – everything is different – not two people are the same, not even identical twins are the same.

So do we need to say ‘different’? Couldn’t we just say – she is great at xyz or not fantastic at abc? Why do we have to make a comparative statement?

I for one will try and use absolute terms rather than relative when describing someone or something going forward.

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