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    quirky / offbeat

    Are they interchangeable?

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    To me, they're close, but not identical. 'Quirky' is original, while 'offbeat' goes against the grain. However, in many cases they could be swapped.

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    Could you provide us with 2 examples that show the difference?

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    IMO, Jacques Chirac is quirky- he's independent, tricky and quick witted- but I don't see anything offbeat, or non-conformist, about him.

    Does that help?

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    Yes, TY!
    By the way, who's that Jacques Chirac dude?

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    He's the French President- formal in style, but a free thinker who is a thorn in the side for many. At the recent G8 summit, he dressed formally, but was the one who sabotaged some of Bush's plans.

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    The French have a quirky sense of humour too

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    He's the French President- formal in style, but a free thinker who is a thorn in the side for many. At the recent G8 summit, he dressed formally, but was the one who sabotaged some of Bush's plans.
    He is also the one who caved in on the UN resolution. :wink:

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    He is quirky, though.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    He is quirky, though.
    Indeed. :wink:

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