Can something be "very" unique?
When you're a grammar and language aficionado, there are a few cases that cause a kneejerk need for correction that is almost impossible to contain. "Irregardless." "I could care less." "For all intensive purposes."
The phrase "very unique" is part of that pantheon.
You see, for something to be "unique", it must be singular. There is only one thing like it -- itself. Applying a modifier like 'very' (or 'somewhat' or 'kinda') is wrong, because there is no middle ground to apply to being unique -- it either is, or it isn't.
Others feel, however, that this usage of unique is not the way people actually use it. From their perspective, 'unique' and 'unusual' have become synonyms, and enforcing the binary meaning is just being a prescriptive pedant. And nobody likes a prescriptive pedant. Or sentence fragments.
Merriam-Webster isn't helping much on this front -- it actually lists both definitions, and waves its hands in the air with some explanatory text.
Since the argument for and against often comes down to the popular usage, this is a chance for we, the Reckonauts, to settle it right here. Tell me, folks! Is 'very unique' just fine, or a shiv in the side of the English language?