Different vs Unusual

-I cannot wait until the contractors finish the job, – Daniel.

-Let’s face it. You created such an unusual design. It took them forever even to start.

-Well, yes…no. I would call it different, – disagreed Daniel and continued his breakfast.

But I couldn’t stop  thinking of the meaning of the words and my relationships with them. 

In middle school, I looked just  like my schoolmates. Not different.   But because  my teachers drew the attention of the entire school to me and my good grades, I even wished to be invisible.

In High school, I wanted to be noticeable. I sewed my own unusual clothes and was happy in the centre of attention.

In my married life, I forgot about such a thing as unusual appearance. I didn’t have time to think of it.  I was too busy with life itself. 

And now I really want to look ordinary. I think  I’m getting into it.  I especially would  like to sound like everyone else. But it is not going to happen. 

What do you think about the difference in the meaning of these words? Or they are simply synonyms to you?

I asked Google: 

Different – not the same as another or each other; unlike in nature, form, or quality.

Unusual – not habitually or commonly occurring or done; remarkable or interesting because different from or better than others. 

It seems like my husband doesn’t mind surrounding himself with ….mmm something different

I still consider having the Russian wife in a small Massachusetts city  as an unusual case.

And our beautiful dog  has an interesting (unusual for its breed) color. Actually, Crackle is not a thoroughbred dog at all.

Pretty soon our house will look …spectacularly unusual.

But still, this is one of those cases when each of us will remain in his/her opinion. 

What about you? Would you prefer to look different or unusual?

Author: Elena

Hi, My name is Elena. I am Russian living in the US. My blog is about my life and experience. This is my new hobby. So, please, don't be too hard on me. Thanks

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