Question by  Shinigami (21)

What is the etymology of "atypical?"

Where does that word come from?


Answer by  patti (29325)

"Typical" has the root "type," (variety, kind) that comes from the Greek "tupikos" or "tupus," which means "type." The "a" in front of it is a Latin construction which means "without." "Atypical" means that it is rare, or without a type or category that it fits into. The dictionary gives a detailed history of the word's origins.


Answer by  eatwrite (1559)

This word is Latin an means different or not conforming to the norm. it was first documented as being used in 1885.

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