Know Your Next Word : sui generis

17. sui generis :

adjective :

1. Of its own kind

2. unique

Usage :

Time : What's the best piece of advice that you've gotten from someone about being President?

Obama : Well, precisely because it's sui generis, the only people that really know are the collection of ex-Presidents we have.(The Interview : Time (New York) : Dec 29 - 2008.)

  • sui generis works like Mary Chesnut's Civil War diary

  • She is an original artist. Each of her paintings is sui generis.

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