I hope you are well! I am pretty good!
I really appreciate when people read, and more so, when people comment on my articles. Some comments are really heartwarming and that warms my heart! Others are equally important. I want to capture those comments, and maybe reply to them.
For example, some people were telling me about “Typical” and “Normal”… some people did not think they were interchangeable. But, I feel they are: On a typical Monday, on a normal Tuesday…
I remember in grade 12 English in spring of 1988. I was listening to my teacher, which meant I missed almost everything, prattle on about this and that. I was actually watching a drop of sunshine creep its way across the floor. When, out of the blue, the teacher approached me and asked me to explain my “Typical Domestic Warrior” comment I used to describe my grandmother, who never had a job but was a housewife. My dad told me to use that.
The teacher, seeing that I was drifting into slumber, put the spot on me, “What do you mean by ‘Typical’” she asked, loudly.
I stammered and spluttered “It means common.”
“What’s common?” was her comeback line.
“It is, like, normal,” I retorted, finally cottoning on.
“So, Typical and Normal are the same thing?” she loudly asked, as she stood right in fornt of my desk.
“Sure, yes, I think, ah-hum, I guess,” was the essence of my reply, I was probably trying to find that drop of sunshine again, or craving a smoke. Probably both!
Her reply was impressed on me almost 30 years later, “Yes, a typical,” glances at my paper, “domestic warrior is the same as saying a ‘Normal housewife’…”
So that is why I use both typical and normal to mean the same thing.
As in 1988 and again in 1998, university, and now 2018, my conclusions still suck the monkey wrench.