Define Normal

1 Jul

In talking with a friend at lunch today, I began thinking about the word “normal.” We throw that word around a lot. In fact, in many of my conversations this week, it has come up in both the form of a question and in a statement.

Statement: Well that’s just not normal at all.
Question: That’s how I feel, but is that normal?

Those were said by two different people, and each time I responded back with, “Define normal.” Sometimes it’s easy to agree on something that isn’t normal. If your boss asks you to babysit their kid at your desk every day…that’s not exactly normal. But, what if your boss wears the color green every day? That’s different, but it’s not necessarily abnormal. Or is it?

I love a definition, so this word, which keeps recurring in my conversations this week, was typed into my google search box. My search returned this: Normal – In behavior, normal refers to a lack of significant deviation from the average.

So, being “normal” is lacking deviation from the average? Well, yuck. Who wants to be that?

2 Responses to “Define Normal”

  1. Anonymous July 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm #

    Soooo, if we all don't want to be normal, doesn't that make us normal?

  2. Mandi July 9, 2010 at 3:02 pm #

    Ahhh, anon. You are wise. I believe it does!

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