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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 20, May 14, 2006, Article 23

UNIQUE, SEMI-UNIQUE, QUASI-UNIQUE, WANNABE-UNIQUE AND REALLY, REALLY U-NEEK

Regarding the improper use of the term "unique", Morten Eske
Mortensen writes: "It seems we have several degrees of "uniqueness,"
most unique, slightly unique, only a little bit unique.   Where
will it stop?"   In 1993 I began calling attention to this practice
with the  Danish language headline "Unikum - Unikummere
- unikummest ..." (in English,  "Unique - more unique - even more
unique ...").

The March 2006 issue of the "Monthly Commentary for Well-Informed
Circles" has been published in the English language and deals with
the false description of the 'number of known specimens' recently
claimed by a major European auction house.
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http://home.worldonline.dk/mem/info/abonnementMaanedensKommentar.htm )

[The article is titled "Unknown by Whom?"  The catalog entry being
critiqued describes a coin as "in Gold unbekannt", or "unknown in
gold".  -Editor]

At these links are exposed other previous examples of cheatings
with false statements of 'unique' in the auction and coin dealer
business:

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  Wayne Homren, Editor

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