quirky / offbeat

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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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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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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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tdol said:
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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so, quirky is actually a positive word?
I always though it was negtive:).
 

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I use it positively, but it could be used negatively. ;-)
 

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There is a very good film by the Coen brothers called The Big Lebowski. The main character uses "far out " at least once. It is positive, but I don't think you say that about people. It is as far as I know a very 60s hippy word and it is used about experiences. It has psychedelic connotations.
 

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welldone said:
so, quirky is actually a positive word?
I always though it was negtive:).

I used it negatively. :wink:
 

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Francois said:
What about 'far-out' ?

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Far out could be good or bad. In the 60s, Far out! menat something good. Today, it would be more negative. :wink:
 
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