Monday, October 22, 2007

in a class by itself = "sui generis" [sic]

Sui generis is a (post) Latin expression, literally meaning of its own kind/genus or unique in its characteristics. [1] The expression was effectively created by scholastic philosophy to indicate an idea, an entity or a reality that cannot be included in a wider concept. In the structure "genus → species" a species that heads its own genus is sui generis. The phrase is pronounced "SOO-ee GEN-er-ihs."


  1. Context missing from post:

    Why has Turkey become the most anti-American country in the West? One needs to go beyond the generic and global phenomenon of Bush-bashing in order to fully grasp the dynamics behind Turkish anti-Americanism. In many ways, Turkey is a SUI-GENERIS case. Recent polls illustrate that while anti-Americanism is in relative decline in Europe, the trend in Turkey is in the opposite direction. Moreover, unlike past domestic trends, the current wave of anti-Americanism in Turkey seems to be embraced by all segments of Turkish society.

  2. Five "S" tool A tool used to promote tidiness and structure within the workplace. Indirectly translated, the tool consists of the concepts sort, straighten, shine, standardize, and sustain.


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