Outlier Than Thou?

via Daily Prompt: Outlier

In H. G. Wells’ World War I novel, Mr. Britling Sees It Through, Hugh Britling writes home to his father, grousing about British military officers, “…they do not think hard, and they do not understand that doing a job properly means doing it as directly and thought-outly as you possibly can.”

What can we say about the officers’ limited approaches? If they weren’t doing their jobs as thought-outly as possible, then we are forced to conclude that they should have been doing things, in a word (or two), thought-outlier.

Outlier: (out—lee—ur), adj. the quality of being more outly or possessing more outliness. 😉

To extend this outlier construct, things that are more extraordinary or wonderful in some way must be far-outlier. And so on…

And one more stretch, now that outly is an adjective, we should all strive to be as outly as we can be…

Ok…so this post was a cop-out, but perhaps not too cop-outlier than some others. 😉

PS – Kudos (or partial blame) to Orange-Haired Woman for the question about pronunciation that led me to think of outlier as an adjective, and thinkinkadia for proposing the new personality trait of out-liar that provided more inspiration.

Copyright ©  Thomas Ward 2017

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Thomas Ward

Professor of Psychology, University of Alabama. Research focus on creativity.

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