You’re unique … just like everyone else

April 8, 2011

Hmm, so according to this auction I just found on Trade Me, I can buy a pair of unique gloves. I’m not sure what makes them unique: perhaps the seller has sewn the ends of the finger holes closed. Or maybe they have only three fingers. No, a closer look at the auction image show they have the standard four finger and one thumb per glove quota that society expects.

“Unique” is one of those ridiculously overused and incorrectly used words that annoys me about as much as roman sandals and broad beans. If it’s unique, it means there isn’t another one like it. Clearly, that isn’t the case with these gloves.

The auction lists the gloves features as: 

  •  Black in color 
  • For sport, leisure or work 
  • Fully washable 
  • One size fits all 
  • Unique design 
  • High Performance Comfort Fingerless Gloves

So the question must be asked: what the hell are high-performance gloves? Do they increase the speed of your movements when pointing your middle finger skywards?


One Response to You’re unique … just like everyone else

  1. Ash Morrison on April 13, 2011 at 1:09 am

    I’m pleased that the misuse of words gets up someone elses goat. The most commonly misused word on TV seems to be “literally”. Jamie Oliver seems to be one of the worst offenders. I even heard someone comment recently that “it was literally pissing down”. All I can say is that I am glad I wasn’t there.

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