I'm looking for a word or idiom that helps describe the scenario where though you have had one bad experience with something it has not spoiled your view on that thing. Example:

I had a bad experience working in services but that doesn't mean all services jobs are bad.

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  • Could you please tell us more about the connotations you'd like the word or phrase to bring, and a dialogue in which you'd like to use it? There are too many possibilities as your question stands. – aparente001 Dec 6 '16 at 16:05

You should consider the word aberration. It implies a departure from the usual, and in your context, you want to say that you are not swayed by aberrations.

I had a bad experience working in services but I hope that's just an aberration.


aberration NOUN

1 A departure from what is normal, usual, or expected, typically an unwelcome one:
‘they described the outbreak of violence in the area as an aberration’

‘Despite aberrations, we are still a by and large secular state.’

‘Mee added, ‘Although I do not know who is responsible for these incidents I hope that they were aberrations and shall not be seen again.’’


One bad apple doesn't spoil the whole bunch :

  • an idiomatic expression that is used to refer to situations where a mistake or a wrong is not expected to compromise the whole context.
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    Those results seem to demonstrate that the idiom is 'one bad apple spoils the whole bunch/barrel' and that 'doesn't spoil' version exists as a refutation of it. When storing apples it's important not to put up damaged ones because they speed up the decay of the rest. books.google.com/ngrams/… – Spagirl Dec 6 '16 at 14:45

Your bad experience could be described as atypical, or, especially if you have a statistically-minded audience, an outlier.

atypical (adj): not representative of a type, group, or class

outlier (n): a person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set

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