I'm going to write a paper on weird and unusual applications of tool A. Is there any appropriate term/single word or idiomatic phrase to point to such odd applications in the scientific context? Specifically, the option is needed for the title:

On ------ applications of "A".


The standard way to do this in formal language for papers is


Interestingly new or unusual. ‘Four landers will explore for subsurface liquid water using a novel low-frequency sounding method.’

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  • +1 for the answer but the suggested term could not reflect the idea. – Eilia Mar 3 '19 at 12:49
  • @Eilia - Oh boy, I'm afraid I do not understand your comment. – aparente001 Mar 5 '19 at 6:38
  • :) I mean "novel" is a good option but not a convincing one for what I want to express. As in your example sentence, "...using a novel low-frequency sounding method.". In my case, the application is not intrinsically a new one, it's an unusual one by using "Tool/method A". So, the "Tool/method A" is leveraged for another purpose rather than what it is initially intended for. – Eilia Mar 7 '19 at 8:04

I would use the word unconventional. According to The Free Dictionary it means:

Not adhering to convention; out of the ordinary.

Not conforming to accepted rules or standards,

Consequently, your title would become:

On unconventional applications of "A".

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You could try using the exact opposite of 'typical':


not typical : irregular, unusual



  1. Different to what is normal or expected; strange.

  2. Particular; special.

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A word which has the sense of weird and unusual is unlikely.

On Unlikely Applications of "A".

Similar examples:

Web search for "unlikely applications of"


2 not typical
He’s a very unlikely romantic hero.
Synonyms and related words: Unusual in an interesting way: unusual, special, unique...

a. used about two people or things that do not combine well together
His parents seem an unlikely couple.

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If the scientific domain is medicine-adjacent, your audience would understand off label for using a medication or treatment for something other than it's explicit regulator-approved use.

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bizarre is a 'cousin to weird! TFD

very strange or unusual, especially in a striking or shocking way. See Synonyms at fantastic.

As in:

On the bizarre applications of "A".

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