Prompts

Unique. Prompt #301

Dorothy and friendsWhat makes your fictional characters unique?  What makes one person different from others?

Write about someone from real life or write about a fictional character who embodies a unique quality.

You can use the following list to describe a special characteristic or trait that sets a person apart from others.

Charisma: charm or personal magnetism (from the Greek word meaning “favor”)
Chutzpah: admirable or excessive self-confidence; this word and ginger are the only ones on this list that have both positive and negative connotations (from Hebrew by way of Yiddish; several other spellings are used, but this one is the most common)
Élan: enthusiasm
Esprit: vivacious wit (French, from the Latin term spiritus, “spirit”)
Flair: style, or talent or tendency
Ginger: spirit, or temper
Gumption: initiative
Gusto: enthusiasm (the Italian word for “taste,” from the Latin term gustus)
Je ne sais quoi: a quality not easily described or expressed (a French phrase that means literally “I know not what”)
Knack: intuitive capacity or knowledge (originally meant “trick”; perhaps from the onomatopoeic word akin to knock)
Mettle: vigor, stamina (from an alternate spelling of metal)
Moxie: energy, enthusiasm, courage (from the brand name of a soft drink; early on, such beverages were often touted, long before the advent of energy drinks, as providing pep)
Panache: flamboyance; originally, a decorative plume of feathers on a helmet
Pizzazz: glamour, vitality (unknown etymology)
Spunk: courage, pluck
Verve: vivacity, energy, enthusiasm

Adapted from Daily Word, 2012

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