Normalities

A masterpiece from the satirical cartoon and movie that many of us were fortunate to see in the late 1980s, but if we haven’t, there’s no such time as rectifying the situation.

A word on what is normal though. Is it waking up in the morning of your child’s birthday and getting to wish him in person, or is it being deliberately kept away from the celebrations? Is it worth going into the discussions of child marriage, HIV, child labor, or is anything I say akin to a rant, something “ab” normal- unnatural at best (although this invites an entirely different conversation).

From the Online Etymology Dictionary, we learn that the word “normal” has its roots in the 1500s, meaning “typical,” or “common.” By the 1640s this came to mean “standing at a right angle,” from Late Latin normalis “in conformity with rule, normal,” from Latin normalis “made according to a carpenter’s square,” from norma “rule, pattern,” literally “carpenter’s square” (see norm). The meaning “conforming to common standards, usual” is from 1828, but probably older than the record [Barnhart].

As a noun it has meant “usual state or condition,” from 1890. The sense of “normal person or thing” is from 1894. Normal school (1834) is from French école normale (1794), a republican foundation.

Normal- not contacting someone who gave you the choice of choosing between them and someone else. Normal not to care about someone who walked out on you. Normal, even, to split everything shy of shyness itself.

But then again, what is normal? Vampires or reality, human life, or what comes both before and after?

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