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Part of speech:
(Countable nouns, like “bottle,” “piece,” and “decision,” are words for things that can be broken into exact units. You talk about “a bottle,” “three pieces,” and “many decisions.”
Likewise, talk about an eccentricity, the eccentricity, or eccentricities.)
You can also treat "eccentricity" as an uncountable noun
and talk about "such eccentricity," "much eccentricity," "no eccentricity," etc.
An eccentricity is a weird, odd thing--usually a weird, odd thing that someone does.
Eccentricity is also just the quality of weirdness that sticks out because it's not typical.
(Take a look at the roots of "eccentricity" and you'll see that their literal meaning is "out of or beyond the center.")
eccentric, eccentrically, eccentricities
How to use it:
Talk about his eccentricity, their eccentricity, my eccentricity, an eccentricity, that eccentricity, etc., as in "He's creative as all get-out, but prepare yourself for his eccentricity" and "Checking your shoes for scorpions every time before putting them on is an eccentricity she developed at scout camp." You can say that you do something with eccentricity (or do it with a touch of eccentricity, or maybe a heap of eccentricity), that you are known for your eccentricity, that you bring eccentricity to your projects, that you embrace eccentricity, and so on. If you're thinking of eccentricity as a bad thing, you might say that you're intolerant of eccentricity, or say that something is riddled with eccentricity, fraught with eccentricity, sullied by eccentricity, and so on.
If you feel like high school forces you into conformity, then take heart: college is the perfect time to cultivate your eccentricity. Want to ride a unicycle? Grow dreadlocks? Wear your bath robe to class? Go for it.
Once you get up to a certain age, I believe you're entitled to whatever eccentricities you want; as an example, one of my grandmothers will tell you immediately if she doesn't want a gift you just gave her, and you've just got to roll with it.
Look away from the screen to explain the definition in your own words. You'll know you understand what "eccentricity" means when you can explain it without saying "bizarre" or "behavior."
Think of a time you were surprised at first by the weirdness of someone's behavior, and fill in the blanks: "I was startled at first when (somebody) _____, but (later/now) I just accept(ed) it as one of (his/her) eccentricities.”
Example: "I was startled at first when my math teacher got so excited during the lecture that he used his whole upper body to erase the chalkboard so he could draw something else, but later I just accepted it as one of his eccentricities."
Spend at least 20 seconds occupying your mind with the game and quote below. Then try the review questions. Don't go straight to the review now; let your working memory empty out first.
Playing With Words:
This month's game is "Guess the real pop song title when I give you a long-winded, highfalutin version of it." All the answers this month will be titles of popular songs released no earlier than 2012. Try it out each day and see the right answer the next day. We're playing this in order to appreciate the simple, precise vocabulary of pop song titles, despite how often they are criticized for being sappy, trite, and simplistic.
Yesterday’s answer: “Identical Affection” is really “Same Love” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis featuring Mary Lambert.
Try this one today: “Physically Barred from Paradise”
A Point Well Made:
Pablo Picasso: “I am always doing that which I cannot do, in order that I may learn how to do it.”
1. The opposite of ECCENTRICITY is
2. You'll delight in the eccentricity in the characters, such as _____.
A. the girl who is determined to become a doctor.
B. the kid who wears his underwear outside his clothes and calls everyone "Old Chap."
C. the man who goes to great lengths to prove his love to his ex-girlfriend.
Answers are below.
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