Being original is a hard line between what is known and what is unknown. When everyone seems to hop on a millisecond's worth of bandwagon, there are those who drive the train of trend. In a world full of CTRL+C and CTRL+V, draw on your own originality and don't forget to showcase the following expressions for originality.
Slang Words for Original (in Alphabetical Order)
Ahead of Time
(Adjective) Ideas or innovations made that are not anticipated to happen in one’s lifetime.
Example: Having a robot respond like a human and look like a human is way ahead of its time.
(Noun) A person who is unafraid to take risks and show new ideas to people.
Example: The physics avant garde is on a quest to revolutionize the way we think about the universe.
Fresh from the Oven
(Expression) Similar to how fresh bread comes from the oven, fresh ideas are born from one’s brain or oven.
Example: The writers will be presenting their fresh from the oven ideas for the new season of the show.
(Noun) The original source of power, problems, or processes.
Example: Farmers are at the grassroots of food production. They should be given more government aid and benefits.
(Adjective) An idea that shakes the very foundations of old ideas or makes new foundations for newer ideas.
Example: Other than classic economic theories, school curriculum should also advance the learning of groundbreaking and Nobel prize winning economic theories of recent years.
- (Adjective) In comparison to fake products, “legit” is the shortened millennial form of “legitimate” used to refer to original products.
- Example: Reselling legit items that are hard to come by is a pretty lucrative business model.
- (Noun) A person with unusual talent for a field and a knack for creative and independent execution of it.
- Example: Warren Buffet may be a strong-willed business maverick but he knows the value of interactive public relations.
Meat and Potatoes
- (Noun) The basic yet overlooked original intentions, purposes, or ingredients.
- Example: One can advocate for corporate social responsibility among organizations but their meat and potatoes will always be the profits.
- (Noun) An informal slang for a person with strange quirks.
- Example: Cole’s friends called him an oddball for collecting weird leaves, papers, and scrap metal when in fact, he uses these to design original dress patterns.
Off the Wall
- (Adjective) Famous for being a shoes brand motto, “off the wall” means to have a different approach on usually procedural things.
- Example: While the rest of the teams prepared for a song-and-dance number, their team prepared a Broadway theatre style performance to make it off the wall.
- (Adjective) Drawing on the Greek hero Prometheus who took heavenly fire for human use, this is an expression for rebellious yet creative feats.
- Example: Serena Williams dominating the tennis court like no woman has done before is such a Promethean act.
- (Adjective) A compliment for Ideas or performances that are splendid and not ordinary.
- Example: ASMR videos is a refreshing new way to stimulate the senses.
The Real McCoy
- (Idiom) The real and original piece out of a pool of counterfeits.
- Example: In today’s overflowing stream of content, people should be sharp witted enough to spot the real McCoy of each story.
Toothpaste Out of the Tube
- (Expression) An event or product that cannot go back to its original form..
- Example: Once the sex tape leaked, no one could look at the Vice-President the same way ever again. The toothpaste has been out of the tube.
- (Adverb) A skillful and often easier way of doing things or showing how to do things than the traditional.
- Example: The unorthodox humor of stand-up comedy has its own flair than slapstick comedy.