RDP #64: NOVEL
new or unusual in an interesting way.“he hit on a novel idea to solve his financial problems”
synonyms: new, original, unusual, unfamiliar, unconventional, unorthodox; More antonyms: traditional
late Middle English (in the sense ‘recent’): from Old French, from Latin novellus, from novus ‘new.’
“I want to be novel,” sighed Amy. “I want to be different, unusual. I don’t want to look just like everyone else. I want. . . .something new! Something that’s never been done before.”
Amy’s mother looked at her languishing daughter, perplexed to know how to get her past this particular bump in her adolescent road. They had just returned from a shopping trip for school, and Amy had turned up her pert little nose at just about everything. Someone in her circle of friends already had this, someone she didn’t like had that, it all looked to young for her, or too old, or just boring.
Suddenly, Mom had a great idea. “I know just the place for you, Amy. We’ll go tomorrow, and maybe you’ll find some things that are different enough to suit you.”
Amy perked up, hoping her mom was right. She just didn’t want to look like every other girl in the school.
The next day, they drove to a small town outside the city and pulled up in front of a store that advertised vintage clothing.
Amy frowned. “Wait. Is this just a used clothing store? Stuff someone didn’t like so they brought it here?” Already, her disdain was growing obvious.
“You know, Amy, you really aren’t much different than the other girls. You all have two eyes, a nose, a mouth, two arms, two legs. There are just so many different ways to clothe that structure before you have to start using the same designs over again. Come on, it won’t hurt to look. And I have to tell you, I’m about done trying to please you. Be careful, or there won’t be ANY new school clothes.”
Amy knew that look, had heard that tone before. She knew she’d better mind her manners. Her mother could be so unreasonable!
The minute they walked into the store, Amy’s eyes rounded with pleasure. She’d never seen anything quite like it. There were styles from as far back as the 1920’s, styles from every decade. Shoes and jewelry too. It was amazing!
Amy was especially drawn to the 1950’s, which seemed quite ancient to her. She knew that none of the other girls would have clothes like that. She loved the poodle skirt, which her mom laughed at and explained she’d worn one herself as a teen.
This was going to be fun!