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Sep 25, 2004
1. "Peculiar", "strange", funny"
Do you think if they have difference in meaning?

2. Have you ever heard of people saying:
- I'm peculiar (=ill).
- I'm funny (=ill).

It is said to be informal usage. But is that common?

Peculiar/funny vs ill vs sick
- I'm peculiar (=ill).
- I'm funny (=ill).
- I'm ill.
- I'm sick.

Do you think if they have differences in meaning?

4. Is the word "peculiar(ly)" / "peculiarity" common in spoken language?
Thanks a lot! ^^

"Peculiar" <-- is it a common expression to mean the following?
Meaning: to be something that only a particular person, place, thing, group etc. has; somethin which is exclusive to them.
It is an accent peculiar(=exclusive) to the north region
This species of bird is peculiar(=exclusive) to Asia.
It is my peculiar(=sepecial/particular) opinion on this issue.

Mister Micawber

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The words in (1) are used in many different ways, some of which are synonymous and others of which are not. 'I'm feeling peculiar' means that I am feeling unusual-- usually a little ill; otherwise, (2) is unnatural. In (3) only the last two are good, and they are synonymous. As for (4), I use it, often about some posts. And the meaning in the first two sentences of (5) is also common but formal; the third example is possible, only used to mean the unusual nature of the opinion.

Hope this helps.
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