- "No one before or since has had such a blend of wildness and vulnerability, such pretty-boy looks crossed with such rawness ... James Dean was sui generis." (Robert DiMatteo, Video Review, December 1990)
Dr Dictionary says sui generis is:
- akin to Russian svoi "one's own" and "swami," borrowed from Sanskrit svami "one's own." The dative of this pronoun, sibi "to oneself", is related to Russian sebya "oneself" and English "self." It is also the origin of the sol in "solo, solitary, soliloquy, desolate."
By the onset of the 20th century sui generis had extended past the science world and into more general usage for anything that is only one of a kind, unique; unparalleled; having no equal; as in "Due to revolutionary political changes, the economic situation in Eastern Europe is sui generis."