3situated, belonging or coming from outside of one's own locality; foreign "Stranger in Moscow," anybody? C'mon, he even wrote a song about this one.

4outside of one's previous experience; hitherto unknown; unfamiliar Michael Jackson, and I'm sure Sharpton would agree, was the very definition of "hitherto unknown."

5unaccustomed to or inexperienced in; unacquainted. (usually fol. by to): "I'm strange to this part of the job." Certainly Michael's strangeness also made him strange to many things: he was strange to the notion of privacy, strange to the vagaries of adult love, strange to a normal life. I'll admit that this one is a little flimsy, but c'mon — this is just the shittiest way to use the word.

6distant or reserved; shy. | Well, yeah. He's dead.

DAVID THORPE |dthorpe@phx.com

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