Noun (Merriam-Webster): a person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric
First Known Use: 1955; According to Dictionary.com, the -o suffix is often added to a noun or adjective to create a new noun that is derogatory in nature. Weirdo is a derivative of the Scottish word weirdie which means “strange person.” My recollection is that weirdo became part of the vernacular pretty quickly because I remember calling boys weirdos in the late 1960s. By the time I was tween in the early 1970s, I savored any attention I received of those “weirdos!”
Example: I am pretty sure that more than one technology salesperson has called me a weirdo in their mind when I explain that I don’t need all of the latest bells and whistles on a gadget. I just want it to do what I want it to do!
Your Turn: In what way might you be considered a “weirdo?” And, of course, use weirdo correctly in a sentence.
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