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Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Friday 29th September 2023
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aberrant (adjective) ab-ER-unt

Not typical, deviating, straying, wandering.

The academic literature on child sexual abuse makes it clear that this aberrant behaviour spans all races, economic classes and ethnic groups.

S. Santoro, Australian Senate Hansard, 9 September 2003. Australian Senate Hansard

He hates the misuse of language, but it is a fairly relaxed sort of hatred which has led him to invent the Association for the Annihilation of the Aberrant Apostrophe.

Claudia Fitzherbert, Telegraph, April 2001.

Researchers used a seven-item questionnaire to determine whether people felt a need to spend money, whether they were aware that their spending behavior was aberrant, whether they bought things to improve their mood and whether their buying habits had led to financial problems.

Nicholas Bakalar, The New York Times, 3 October 2006. New York Times

Fonda gets to ply her ticklish erotic rascality, and Woody Harrelson, as an inexplicably smoldering insurance agent, jolts every scene he’s in with aberrant comic energy.

Michael Sragow, The New Yorker, undated. The New Yorker

My reservation about teaching the Holocaust in that way is different. For a meaningful understanding, it must be seen not as an isolated aberrant event but in the context of the political, historical, social and cultural development of Europe in the first half of the 20th century.

Marcel Berlins, The Guardian, 20 February 2008. Guardian

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