Quirky

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Dancing is light these next two weeks but you know I just can’t stay away from this keyboard.  I have been looking for another one of those personality difference things but haven’t found anything worth talking about.

I probably didn’t set the right introduction here.  I am fascinated by personality tests like Myers-Briggs.  For the longest time, I thought I was an INTP but, lately, I’ve been looking at my actions and I kind of become an INFP at times.  Could be that I’ve gone as far as I can with logic/reasoning and now I’m just trying to develop the other side of the personality.

Well I found this on Pinterest.  It describes each type in three words:

INTP – Ingenious, knowledgeable, quirky

INFP – Intrinsic, intense, quirky

Now, who wouldn’t want to be described as ingenious and knowledgeable?  On the other hand, I’m not entirely sure how a person can be described as intrinsic.  Intense, I get and that can apply to me.

But, there is just one word common to both lists – quirky.

Seriously?!?  Now, just to verify, I have to look this up.

The Oxford Dictionary defines quirky as “Having or characterized by peculiar or unexpected traits or aspects.”  OK …  Now, peculiar and unexpected aren’t exactly the same.  You can get an unexpected gift and be quite happy with it, but get a peculiar gift and your off to the return line as soon as possible.  How does this apply to me?  Would the fact that I wear gym shoes to work every day qualify even though I’m supposed to be a respected authority figure?  It might be unusual even in my building since most of the other managers attempt to look the part.  But, is that really quirky?

Well, maybe some synonyms would help.

Webster’s had a whole bunch.  I’ll group by five for clarity

  1. Bizzare, bizzaro, cranky, crazy, curious – well that’s not a good start.  I suppose one could believe that curious is not a bad thing to say but it can cut both way.  You can be curious about certain topics or you, yourself can be a curiosity.  Either way, I don’t like this list so far.
  2. Eccentric, erratic, far-out, funky, funny – Oh, the hits just keep coming.  Eccentric is crazy cat lady type stuff.  Erratic means you are wildly unpredictable – the type most likely to go postal.  Funny sounds good but again it has double meanings.  Funny meaning you make people laugh is good.  Funny meaning people laugh at you, not so much.
  3. Kinky, kooky, offbeat, off-kilter, off-the-wall.  Kinky, yeah, I’m not even going to go there.  The others are mildly better than some of the rest.  Most of them are in the strange but harmless genre.  Off the wall was a Michael Jackson album (the one before Thriller) so how bad can that be?  Thought exercise, was that last line a bit quirky?  I can’t really tell as it seemed normal to me.
  4. Outlandish, out-of-the-way, outre’, peculiar, quaint.  OK, no terms with strange punctuation marks that I don’t understand.  That word is quirky in an of itself.  Out of the way isn’t bad – like an out of the way restaurant that is worth going to.  Quaint seems to mean old.  And then we have peculiar and I’ve already covered that.
  5. Queer, queerish, quirky, remarkable, rum.  Yeah, this is a questionable set of words.  The first two aren’t very PC.  Quirky?  Really, you use the word to be a synonym for itself.  That seems kind of silly or quirky if you’d like.  Remarkable isn’t bad and rum is chiefly British and I’m not British so I just thought of the drink and I used to enjoy a good rum and coke back in college.  Well, it had to be a GOOD rum.  Get the cheap stuff and I’d have a headache the next day.  Wait, I got a little sidetracked.  OK, back to the list.
  6. Screwy, spaced-out, strange, wacky, way-out.  Isn’t way-out kind of like out-of-the-way.  Do you like how I started at the end this time?  Is that quirky?  Spaced-out can be drug induced and that doesn’t apply at all.  Screwy, strange and wacky aren’t very nice words.  There was a cartoon we used to enjoy called the Wacky Races with Dick Dastardly and Mutley.  We always rooted for the Arkansas Chuggabug because of the bear.  Oh, sorry, I spaced out there for a minute and flashed back to Saturday morning cartoons.  See what this list is doing to me?
  7. Weird, weirdo, wild.  Only had three to finish up the list.  Weirdo?  What are we back in third grade?  Wild thing, you make my heart sing.  That’s certainly better than that awful movie Wild Things with Kevin Bacon.

Did I learn anything?  Sort of.  All of these definitions basically mean something outside “normal”.  Well, who the hell gets to define normal.  Seems like the rest of the 14 Myers-Briggs types outnumber us and have defined a normal that we don’t fit in so we are “quirky”.  (OK, it was really the other 13 because there was one other type that had quirky listed)

But, as I’ve heard, in an insane society, the sane man must appear to be insane.  Well, insane didn’t make the list above (thankfully) but some of the other come pretty close.  Maybe we are really the sane ones and the rest of you are quirky!  Did you ever think of that?  Ha!  I reject your label!

One last definition, this time from the Urban Dictionary

Something that is strange/not normal but cool.

After that it says “Wearing long stripy socks that are odd”

Umm, the only dress socks I have are called funky socks and they are in many colors and patterns.  I don’t really own a pair of plain black dress socks.  And funky is a synonym of quirky (would they sell better if they were called quirky socks)

Well, I can live with this definition strange but cool.  I’ll take that.  OK, quirky it is.  I still think I’m normal and the rest of you are off, but until we take over the world, I guess we will be the ones considered off-kilter.

 

3 comments

  1. Wall – You could check out the Enneagram. It’s more complicated than Myers-Btiggs and has a spiritual cant to it. However, it can be very revealing. From reading the book, i thought I was a 7, but when I consulted an enneagram teacher, she interviewed me for a while and said I’m a 6.

    1. Well I took one test and it said “It looks like you are a 5 but you could be a 4 or a 9”. Sounds close to M-B. They describe 5’s as “eccentric”. Sigh, I can’t get away from that. Really, I’m normal. Its the rest of the world that is strange.

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