Uncanny (adj.): 1. characterized by supernatural or inexplicable basis 2. beyond the ordinary, expected or normal. 3. Mysterious, strange, especially in an unsettling way
Synonyms for uncanny: unearthly, eery, strange, mysterious; extraordinary, remarkable, fantastic, astonishing, incredible, miraculous, unheard-of
Never have I been affected by one actor as I have been by Richard Crispin Armitage. The power he has over me–the ability to lift my spirits, to stir my libido, to capture my imagination–is positively uncanny. I look into those large, luminous eyes of changeable blue and feel as if he’s looking straight into my soul– it’s uncanny. I see one of those sunny grins and the joy said smile brings me? Uncanny.
Lucas, with his pale skin, dark hair and blue eyes has an unearthly beauty that is quite uncanny.
Uncanny once meant “mischievous.” The association of “uncanny” with the supernatural arose in the 1770s. The word “canny” means careful, shrewd, astute, frugal and skilled. Hmmmmmm . . .
We know that RA always pauses to weigh his words before he speaks in interviews, giving careful thought to his responses rather than blurting out the first thing off the top of his head.
He also shows great insight into his characters and is astute in their crafting. The years of struggling financially seem to have made him a prudent and somewhat frugal individual who is not a profligate spender (except, perhaps, for splashing out on his beloved parents from time to time).
And, as an amazingly gifted and versatile actor, he is nothing less than skilled at his chosen profession.
Therefore, I declare the uncanny Mr. Armitage to be very canny, too. But wait! There’s more . . .
In the Scots and Northeast England dialects, calling an individual “canny” is very much a sign of approval. Here, a canny person is one who is good, nice, steady, restrained, gentle.
Wud ye nae say our bonny Richard is a canny lad, indeed? 😉
Here’s to the uncanny delight and pleasure this lovely, canny gentleman brings into our lives on a daily basis. Thank you, dear Rich!