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update: at the point of update, im going to focus on specific examples, and not on generalistic words, to show the meaning, but in cases where i may want to succinctly express something being rare & remarkable, it would still be nice that there exist one clean word to express both these meanings. it appears thus far to be a word that needs to be created in the 21th century, if it hasn't already been (which i'd still be shocked and very very surprised about)

there's plenty of reasons why it's important to have this solution long-term, but when the question was asked, i was just trying to 'find-replace' all my 'rare & remarkable' usage within my massive notes on onenote


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since finding words for specific meanings almost always tends to be extremely, extremely hard, feel free to suggest a creative/created/made-up word (or anything that would work). free free to say anything in comments as well


im pretty sure there's not a word in the entire conventional english vocab for what im looking for

rare = a significantly lower proportion of something/anything/things, as in:

people that do amazing things are rare (like the ~1% of them), while the rest are pretty common (the 99%), and this is shown in many many things, such as in concepts like the long-tail -- https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Long_tail

remarkable = close to meaning to amazing; beyond exceptional, as in:

saying that a person or action, etc. is remarkable does not directly tell others that said person is also incredibly rare in society, even though the meaning should be implicit and obvious


note: don't want to use something i feel is incredibly clumsy like 'remarkably rare' -- hate adverbs. it's such a.... ah.. how do i put this... such a low and primitive workaround due to the high limits of language

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  • You mean "remarkably rare"? – Hot Licks Apr 10 '17 at 23:06
  • Please see onelook.com/reverse-dictionary.shtml?s=Rare%20remarkable which has hundreds of options. – vickyace Apr 10 '17 at 23:07
  • the closest thing that stuck out initially to me was 'extraordinary' though already thought of this, and 'rare' is a stronger word. 'extraordinary' is closer in meaning to remarkable, and loses a lot of the potency that rare expresses. 'novel' is a nice word close to 'a refreshing kind of new', i think i'll like to hear the creative solutions of others. would be interesting. maybe using a commonly well-known example would be the best course of action? – ambw Apr 10 '17 at 23:15
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    If it wasn't rare, it wouldn't be extraordinary. – jxh Apr 11 '17 at 1:10
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    One of the requirements for a single-word-request is an example sentence showing how the word will be used; since you want to "find & replace" instances of rare and remarkable, it should be easy to add an example (or two or three—more context is better!) taken directly from your existing corpus. Just replace the instances of rare and remarkable with ___ (or even just bold the words you want to replace). That will help people get a better handle on exactly how you want to use this word. – 1006a Apr 11 '17 at 1:42
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Your question contains a word that seems to satisfy your requirements: exceptional:

  1. Unusual; not typical.
    late claims will only be accepted in exceptional circumstances

    1.1 Unusually good; outstanding.
    a child of exceptional ability

Oxford Dictionaries

  • yea you came closest, the other one would've been 'special' - but this word has been very commericalised as in 'special edition' or 'special needs', both of which, in these usage, does not express something being 'remarkable' just 'rare in a pretentious kinda way that's not really special' -- the 2nd usage can also imply a sense of inferiority. ** though given how many people couldn't get it right, it makes you wonder if they actually understand what 'exceptional' means, so would it be better to directly express both meanings in the form of 'rare' & 'remarkable' to help them understand better? – ambw Apr 11 '17 at 1:28
  • for my 'find-replace' on my onenote, i decided to go with '1%' -- the other option was '#1', but that designates 1 thing, and im talking about plurally/generally about the 'rare & remarkable'. 1% means rare, and in many contexts, it also means the remarkable. this likely gives me the most precision in meaning -- when lacking in examples. the update i had put on the OP about not focusing on incredibly generalistic words does cover the core problem though. do people actually understand how extremely extremely rare 'exceptional' implies? for most, i don't think the 99% (majority) do understand. – ambw Apr 11 '17 at 1:53
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There are many possibilities. I'll name one: Recherché.

Dictionary.com defines it as

very rare; eximious

Cambridge dictionary defines it as

very unusual, not generally known about, and chosen with great care in order to make people admire your knowledge or style (hence, remarkable)

  • hmm.. interesting one. looks like there's a couple of discrete meanings for this word in various dictionaries, and shows that it's been used historically to mean either 'rare' or 'exquisite' or meanings associated with connoisseurs. so basically it's a flexible word in how it can be used. but it's a 'either-or' kind of word, and doesn't do the job of combining both meanings of rare & remarkable into one – ambw Apr 11 '17 at 0:25
  • Probably no word, as you said. "One of a kind" might work. Sui generis. – Xanne Apr 11 '17 at 0:32

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