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 dictionary.com 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!