The Meaning of “Unique

  • The word “unique” is one of foreign words that are often used in Japan.


    It is said that “unique” was derived from “unus,” which means “one” in Latin, and it has several meanings such as “individual” or “sole.”

    However, somehow many Japanese misunderstand the meaning of “unique.”

    If we say “he is a unique person (彼はユニークな人だ),” the meaning will become something like “he is a funny person (彼は面白い人だ).”

    In my opinion, Japanese confuse the meanings of “unique(ユニーク)” with “humor(ユーモア).”

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