The Weekly Word is ABERRATION: Alternative meanings anyone?

I have decided to be a bit more prepared when it comes to the weekly word and have now decided what words I’ll be using up until the end of the year. If you have a favourite word that you would like me to feature then why not ping me a message and I’ll add it into my schedule.

This weeks word is ABERRATION and my alternative meaning is a ‘surgical slip in the lower abdominal region of the male body‘. What’s your alternative meaning?

This week’s word is ABERRATION, it is a NOUN and is pronounced ‘ab-her-ray-shun’

The word aberration means a departure from the correct, right or normal course; a deviation from the expected outcome; it can also be used in psychology to mean an unexpected change in ones normal behaviour patterns. In some cases (optical phenomenon) it may be used to mean a defect of some description.
Examples of the word Aberration
  • Their aberration meant that by the evening they had wandered more than 40 miles off course
  • The chromatic aberration was not visible to the naked eye, and could only be seen by means of a telescope
  • It became obvious fairly quickly that his behaviour was an aberration from the norm.

Origins of the word Aberration

The word Aberration was originally used in the 1590’s and comes from the Latin aberrationem, meaning a wandering or straying; this in turn stems from aberre which means to go astray. It’s use to mean ‘deviation from the norm‘ was first known in 1846 (Online Etymology Dictionary)

Why the Weekly Word?

The idea of the Weekly Word comes from Toastmasters International. At each meeting we have a Grammarian whose role is to encourage members to try out new words that stretch our vocabulary, as well as to monitor and report back on people’s use of language. If you’d like to find out more about Toastmasters groups in your area then you can visit their website at:

If you would like to see previous Weekly Words on this blog and try out your own alternative meanings, you can find them all listed here: the-weekly-word


  1. Well, would you hold it against me if I told you that I went down the aisle at my wedding to ‘I do, I do, I do’ … 🙂

  2. when you gaze deeply into your partner’s eyes and say “take a chance on me”…. over and over… you might have it. ( smile )

  3. Aberration – erratic behavior often observed in older couples who had extensive exposure to disco music, often of the Swedish variety.

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