Brainy, WORD! Word of the Day

WORD! Aberrant

September 29, 2010

Reading the local news I came across a piece about a con man caught impersonating a lawyer. Of the guilty mans actions his public defender said, “I think this was just a period of aberrant behavior where he took a short cut.”

Aberrant caught my eye—like a game of Mad Libs there are a lot of words that could fit in its place. What exactly did it mean?

Thanks to the trusty wordsmiths at we’ve got our answer:

Aberrant: [uh-ber-uhnt, ab-er-]

1. Departing from the right, normal, or usual course.

2. Deviating from the ordinary, usual or normal type; exceptional; abnormal.

So depending on how you look at it — aberrant could be a compliment!

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