Mysteries of vernacular: Odd - Jessica Oreck and Rachael Teel
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An odd number is an integer which is not a multiple of two.
It's good to be odd, or unusual, or weird.
I usually try to discuss words whose origin is so uncertain that, when it comes to etymology, dictionaries refuse to commit themselves. But every now and then words occur whose history has been investigated most convincingly, and their history is worth recounting. Such is the word odd. Everything is odd about it, including the fact that its original form has not survived in English.
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