On Unique

I received this in an e-mail recently.

Did you know that no other month begins or ends on the same day of the week as May in any year? That makes the month of May pretty unique. Read on to learn some unique things about the Livescribe solution!

First off, that is neat regarding how May is unique with its beginning and ending days. I had not known that.

The troubling thing, however, is the adjective use of “pretty”. Unique is one of those words that is not modified. Unique means it is one-of-a-kind. You can’t modify that. Unique is similar to pregnant in this regard; you either are or aren’t. You are not a little bit pregnant. You aren’t pretty unique.

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