Monday, January 4, 2010


I am already tired of the new phrase, "the new normal." I have seen it on blogs, in stories and in print and it's four days into 2010. Perhaps I have lived a unique and bizarre life but I haven't known any existence that even remotely resembled normal. To save you a trip, according to Merriam-Webster normal means among other things, the following:

2 a : according with, constituting, or not deviating from a norm, rule, or principle
b : conforming to a type, standard, or regular pattern
3 : occurring naturally
4 a : of, relating to, or characterized by average intelligence or development
b : free from mental disorder

I grew up in the 80s, 90s and now through the naughts. The 80s were nothing close to normal, in retrospect, neither were the 90s; and the last 10 years have been rather chaotic. Throw the Navy life into my mix and it's quite a cocktail. If writers intend to use normal as a synonym for stable, then well that's a different story. But I don't want to hear new normal again unless someone can eloquently and definitively define the old normal. Just don't make me where socks over my pants.

And while I am eliminating words, check out Laurie's blog on things she is eliminating from her vocabulary. Had me laughing out loud.

At least I am free from a mental disorder. I think.


Steve Boese said...

I have to agree with you about 'the new normal'. It seems to very often connote some kind of idea like 'everything is lousy right now, it is not changing any time soon, so you better just take it'. So defeatist and self-perpetuating. I say scrap it as well.

Michael Krupa said...

Normal? Well, that definitely does not describe me. I have not seen "normal" in a long time and would not have it any other way, so the new normal is pretty meaningless to me.

Does totally pampering my 2 greyhounds qualify me for a mental disorder?

Deirdre said...

Steve, let's just scrap it - dump the whole thing.

Mike, I should reconsider. I think we both may have a mental disorder the way we pamper our pets. :)