"the odd ____ out"

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Dec 15 18:38:12 UTC 2006

Since the topic of my student's paragraph (in a comparative essay for a final exam) was a Shakespearean female, the character could hardly be referred to as a MAN.  The student's sentence came out this way: "In that respect, Portia is the odd ball out."


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