Is it redundant to include 'unique' in this expression if I'm discussing the irregularities of surfers' waves?

  • Waves have nuances? Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 23:27
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    It's not redundant, the two are mutually exclusive.
    – Phil Sweet
    Commented Oct 2, 2017 at 23:27
  • Sure waves have nuances; as Heraclitus said: "You can't surf the same wave twice."
    – ab2
    Commented Oct 3, 2017 at 2:27

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Unique simply means one of a kind, exclusive, singular. As such it is improper, though often done, to use it to mean rare or uncommon. Rather like being a little pregnant it cannot be shaded or modified.

If you would like to use "unique" to describe a nuance then it better be one of a kind. I think nuance has its own shadings. In fact it seems you are mixing descriptions that would be more clear if left apart.

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