Unorthodox describes something that goes against the usual ways of doing things. Instead of describing yourself as a terrible speller, you might instead proudly refer to your spelling as unorthodox.

The adjective unorthodox originally referred to religion, specifically to a person or practice that went against the traditions of a particular belief. The Greek roots of unorthodox are orthos, or "right," and doxa, or "opinion." So someone whose beliefs are orthodox has "the right opinion," while an unorthodox person does not. The definition has evolved so that unorthodox's meaning is closer to "unusual" or "innovative" than just plain "wrong."

Definitions of unorthodox

adj breaking with convention or tradition

“an unorthodox lifestyle”
dissentient, recusant
(of Catholics) refusing to attend services of the Church of England
dissident, heretical, heterodox
characterized by departure from accepted beliefs or standards
characterized by attack on established beliefs or institutions
nonconforming, nonconformist
not conforming to established customs or doctrines especially in religion
of or relating to the body of Protestant Christianity arising during the Reformation; used of some Protestant churches especially Calvinist as distinct from Lutheran
adhering to what is commonly accepted
resistant to change
opposed to heresy
canonic, canonical, sanctioned
conforming to orthodox or recognized rules
conforming, conformist
adhering to established customs or doctrines (especially in religion)
conventional, established
conforming with accepted standards
pertaining to time-honored orthodox doctrines
unaffected by the Reformation
established or well-known or widely recognized as a model of authority or excellence
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adj independent in behavior or thought

irregular, maverick
not conforming to accepted rules or standards

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