the word of the day is brought to you by my self esteem

aberrant a-BERR-unt; AB-ur-unt, adjective:
Markedly different from an accepted norm; Deviating from the ordinary or natural type; abnormal

I had this odd discussion with my students about aberrant, abnormal and anomaly.


  1. Deviation or departure from the normal or common order, form, or rule.
  2. One that is peculiar, irregular, abnormal, or difficult to classify: “Both men are anomalies: they have... likable personalities but each has made his reputation as a heavy� (David Pauly).

In conclusion, we decided that the choice of which word to use is a markedly rhetorical one, depending on how much you want to impress your audience or annoy your friends. I am sure there might be implicit linguistic differences here but I'm too tired from my weekend in Chicago to think of them or pretend that I know what they are.

Ahh, Chicago. What fun we had! Yet, you treat me like the mistress I am. Your embrace is chilly, cold, full of resentment that I do not visit more. You warmed up by Sunday, though as I played in the park and reminisced about picnics with other lovers, the cities of my past. You are different than those that threaten to loom over us with their romantic canals and bridges. You are sturdy, unapologetic, resistant to the lures of destruction, temptation, lust. You are full of possibilities and yet I offer you little in return.