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    peculiar

    Hello,
    the word peculiar is defined asstrange, often in an unpleasant way.
    In the sentence: " I'm floating in a most peculiar way" Does it mean unpleasantly strange?
    Is this correct? Does ''peculiar'' always mean strange and unpleasant?

    Thank you in advance
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 13-Jan-2017 at 18:47. Reason: Enlarged font to make post readable.

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    Re: peculiar

    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    the word peculiar is defined as strange, often in an unpleasant way.
    Note the word 'often'. It does not always mean 'strange in an unpleasant way'.

    Context will usually tell us what is intended. We have no context for your sentence, so we don't know.

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    Re: peculiar

    "And I'm floating in a most peculiar way" - David Bowie - Space Oddity

    If this is the use of "peculiar" that you are referring to, then in context it would most likely communicate "mysterious" rather than "unpleasant".
    Last edited by BobGerr; 13-Jan-2017 at 15:57. Reason: Enlarging font.

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    Re: peculiar

    Quote Originally Posted by elenah View Post
    Hello.
    The word peculiar is defined as "strange, often in an unpleasant way".
    In the sentence (no colon here) "I'm floating in a most peculiar way", does it mean "unpleasantly strange"?
    Is this correct? Does ''peculiar'' always mean strange and unpleasant?

    Thank you in advance.
    Note my corrections above. It's important to follow these rules of written English:

    - Start every sentence with a capital letter.
    - End every sentence with one, appropriate punctuation mark.
    - Do not put a space before a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Always put a space after a comma, full stop, question mark or exclamation mark.
    - Do not put a space after opening quotation marks.
    - Do not put a space before closing quotation marks.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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