How do you define someone that does (not on purpose) quite the opposite of the general trend?

For example:

My week schedule is quite packed with events except Friday evening, while it's usually the opposite we hear about.

I thought of unconventional and peripheral, which I got are antonyms for mainstream, but I am wondering if there is a better adjective for my situation.

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    Unconventional would imply intention. They might be odd or in the minority – Jim Feb 4 '17 at 1:33
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    Don't forget to add an example sentence in which you might like to use this word, or your question might be at risk of closure :) – vpn Feb 4 '17 at 3:06
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    abnormal eccentric exceptional extraordinary infrequent irregular rare secondary uncommon unusual heterodox – Hot Licks Feb 4 '17 at 3:34
  • Not wanting to just add another synonym, consider 'offbeat': not conforming to the usual pattern/trend. It is a slang as well. So your 'week schedule is quite/pretty/slightly offbeat. – Nikki Feb 5 '17 at 11:30

I would suggest atypical:

atypical adjective

different from all others of the same type:

  • The sociable behaviour of lions is considered atypical of the cat family.

Cambridge Dictionary


Perhaps unorthodox will work for you:


  • Contrary to what is usual, traditional, or accepted; not orthodox.

"He frequently upset other scholars with his unorthodox views"



Not an adjective, but you may like outlier - someone/something behaving differently compared to the "mainstream".


outlier NOUN

1 A person or thing situated away or detached from the main body or system:

‘a western outlier in the Andaman archipelago’

1.1 A person or thing differing from all other members of a particular group or set:

‘then there are the corporate outliers, people who just don't fit into the culture of the company’


Consider maverick

From Thesaurus.com:

  1. a lone dissenter, as an intellectual, an artist, or a politician, who takes an independent stand apart from his or her associates. Synonyms: nonconformist, individualist; free thinker; loner, lone wolf.
  2. a person pursuing rebellious, even potentially disruptive, policies or ideas. Synonyms: rebel, cowboy; loose cannon.
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    This also seems to imply more intention than the OP has requested. – vpn Feb 4 '17 at 3:03

To keep with the stream metaphor:

going against the flow



not usual, common, or ordinary; uncommon in amount or degree; exceptional: an unusual sound; an unusual hobby; an unusual response.


You can also say unconventional.

Your example:

I'm a bit unusual, compared with other students on campus, in that my week schedule is quite packed with events except for Friday evenings.


I would go with original, defined by ODO as:

Not dependent on other people's ideas; inventive or novel.

This might however have a little more underlying meaning that requested, but I find that it would suit the given example pretty well:

My week schedule is quite packed with events except Friday evening, which is rather original.


Underground: Art, opinion or organization that exists outside of mainstream society or culture.

Source: Urban Dictionary (June 9, 2002).

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    Please edit to add citations to reliable sources that support the assertions made here. Unsourced material may be disputed or deleted. – NVZ Feb 4 '17 at 16:23
  • This submission consists largely of a slightly altered (but entirely uncredited) version of the definition of underground posted on Urban Dictionary on June 9, 2002, by Gyro (it's definition 2 on that page). English Language & Usage is quite strict about citing (and when possible linking to) sources of wording used in answers. Please identify your sources properly. – Sven Yargs Feb 4 '17 at 22:38
  • ... Underground is a valid suggestion, by the way, so I've edited the wording of the definition in your answer slightly to match the original Urban Dictionary wording, and I've added the appropriate citation and formatting. – Sven Yargs Feb 4 '17 at 22:49

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