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Why Is Being Called ‘Weird’ A Compliment? — ‘The Why’

Welcome to the newest edition of The Why.Why is being called ‘weird’ a compliment?” Good question. (OK, it’s a little “after school special” but again it beats answering those questions about assorted, odd intimate acts. Seriously? We thought “Couch Bombing” was just something the “cool kids” were doing at parties, mmmkay?)


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As a teacher it never surprised yours truly when someone asked for advice. Regardless of what his own spawn spout, your comedic columnist –comparatively-speaking—was always considered a “cool” teacher. Why young folks still occasionally consult him for advice remains unknown.

Still, it’s an honor and a responsibility to have people who may someday run the world think you have any f**king clue about life, ya know? So when a girl complained about being called “weird”, it seemed time for another “After School Special” –Phoenix-style–of course. You know a blunt blend of fact, tough love and smarmy commentary (known in some more intimate circles as “WILL-isms”.


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Why is being called ‘weird’ a compliment? Because it means people can’t pigeonhole you.  They use the adjective to describe what they don’t feel is “normal”. Guess what? Statistically-speaking it’s “normal” to be “abnormal.”

Ever notice all the kids that grab dad’s rifle and kill their classmates are always described by others as “normal”? No one ever says: “Oh, I knew that kid would someday kill enough kids to inspire a hit song. We all knew it.”

Weird people make the world go ‘round.  Being weird has been a great way for your rascally writer to meet gobs of gorgeous gals. The details would lose us our G-rating so let’s just say “being cool is being yourself” and leave it at that.

Need to hear it from a girl? Our guest speaker, Meghan Guffey, contributor to Unwritten, has the gal’s point of view here.


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She admits: “I used to take serious offense to this because I didn’t want to be the odd one out. I wanted to fit in, like every other naive and terrified freshman searching for their place. As I have grown, I have come to realize that being the weird one is not an insult. It is a compliment. They are basically saying, ‘Hey you, yeah you are one of a kind!’ and what is better than that?”

She has a whole laundry list of actions some folks think are weird. She tells mere acquaintances intimate details of her life, goes bra-less and even pants-less at home and even writes about it all on the internet. She confesses: “These things don’t always fit the social norm, but hey, they’re me.”

Guffey concludes: “If it weren’t for us the world would be boring and humorless. So disregard any nasty looks or the ‘Oh my god! What is that person doing?’ glares, because we all know deep down they wish they had the confidence that you do.”

Why is being called ‘weird’ a compliment? Now you know.

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About Will Phoenix

W. Scott Phoenix, B.A., B.S. was born in Hawaii, raised in Pennsylvania and resides in California. He has been a published writer since 1978. His work has appeared (under various names) in numerous places in print and online including Examiner.com. He is a single parent of three children and has also worked as an actor, singer and teacher. He has been employed by such publications as the Daily Collegian and the Los Angeles Times.