What is a Freak?
And Am I One?
The American Heritage College Dictionary defines the word "freak" as follows: 1. A thing or occurrence that is markedly unusual or irregular. 2. An abnormally formed organism, esp. a person or animal regarded as a curiosity or monstrosity. 3. A sudden capricious turn of mind; a whim. 4. Slang. a. A drug user or addict. b. An eccentric or nonconformist person, esp. a member of a counterculture. c. An enthusiast.
Well. I can't rightly consider myself a "thing" or "occurrence", but I have been guilty of being markedly unusual; and occasionally I've been somewhat irregular, but strong coffee usually takes care of that.
"An abnormally formed organism, esp. a person or animal regarded as a curiosity or monstrosity"? Hmmmm, I have to give that one some thought. I suppose I could be considered to be an organism...oh wait, it says "person" after that...yes, I am definitely a person, and I remember in high school being treated as though I were a curiosity or monstrosity.
I guess I might have been thought of as a "sudden capricious turn of mind" or a "whim" by my parents, since I was the result of an unexpected pregnancy. Okay, maybe I wasn't a whim, but I can wholeheartedly assure you that I was (and no doubt, still am) a sudden capricious turn of mind.
I drink coffee; does that make me a drug user or addict, along with a great number of the planet's population?
As for being "an eccentric or nonconformist person, esp. a member of a counterculture", I'm your huckleberry! Although I don't think I'd be part of any counterculture that would have me as a member.
Now, let's see, what am I enthusiastic about to the point that I could call myself an enthusiast of? Ummmmm....hmmmm...uhhhh...I don't think I can talk about that here, not that it's any of your business!
So, after reviewing all of the above information I think I can truly state, without reservation, that I am indeed a freak. (What a relief - I was so worried that I was normal!!!)
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