Classic Usage: Well, Jane Eyre is a gothic romance, therefore the use of preternatural comes up to describe many of the spooky things we encounter along the way. My first encounter with the word occurred in Chapter V as Jane makes the long, solo journey to Lowood. She says, “I remember but little of the journey; I only know that the day seemed to me of a preternatural length, and that we appeared to travel over hundreds of miles of road.”
Classically Mad Usage: Apparently, this is a common word and its absence in my daily discourse is preternatural. I suspected this was the case, and then I read a book on knitting where the author uses it with preternatural frequency. I suppose that if the word is common enough to be used in multiplicity regarding yarn humor it deserves a place in my lingo, even if it often feels preternatural to stick it in every sentence.