Modern Retro Wordpower: Weirdo

The plane, her dress, and the boots are made out of cigars. I'm really hoping it was an advertising stunt.


Noun (Merriam-Webster): a person who is extraordinarily strange or eccentric

First Known Use: 1955; According to, 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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  1. Becca C says

    I have always known I was a weirdo, because I love cool and different things than most people.

  2. says

    Weirdo – hmmmm, haven’t heard that in a while. I probably have always been one, though, as I definitely march to a different drummer. That is if wanting to remain an old-fashioned “girl” qualifies one as a weirdo.
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