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WOTD  
Word of the Day - for Toastmasters everywhere
Tuesday 22nd June 2021
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unco (noun, adverb and adjective) UN-ko



A stranger or a remarkable thing; very, extremely, remarkably; unusual, unfamiliar, strange, great.

Its inmates were few; in fact, it was rather apt to be empty: its occupants were usually prisoners for debt, or for some trifling breach of the peace, committed under the influence of the liquor that makes one "unco happy."

Charles Warner, Baddeck and That Sort of Thing. Amazon

He was as good at sending up pretentious black arrivistes as the white middle classes, and, like all surrealists, he knew how to shock by getting under the skin of snobs and hypocrites, sending up, like Robert Burns, "the unco guid".

John Calder, The Guardian, 27 May 2003. Guardian

It was an unco place by night, unco by day; and these were unco sounds, of the calling of the solans, and the plash of the sea and the rock echoes, that hung continually in our ears.

Robert Louis Stevenson, Catriona. Amazon




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