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Posted: 9/16/2004 12:24:33 AM EDT
Which is the right word. Thank you.

the girl Mr. Vu hired to type his posts for him
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:25:53 AM EDT
Use both !!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:27:12 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 12:27:51 AM EDT by MoparMike]
Normalcy requires that normality be present, normally. IT MUST ALL BE NORMAL TO WORK RIGHT!!!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:28:44 AM EDT
Damn President Hoover!
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:32:38 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:33:42 AM EDT
Ooh, 1GUNRUNNER is being harsh tonight
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:35:02 AM EDT
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 12:36:21 AM EDT

Originally Posted By 1GUNRUNNER:
Neither are an accurate description of you however.

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 1:00:49 AM EDT
It all depends on how you can tactically integrate the word into a conversation. You need to use proper strategery.

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:06:50 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 6:08:57 AM EDT by 95thFoot]

Originally Posted By Combat_Jack:
Damn President Hoover!

Harding. Warren G. Harding is the one who coined it.

ETA as a consequence, since Harding was a gaseous windbag, use "normality" instead. Don't give that corrupt clown (the Clinton of his day) any sort of immortality, please.....
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:10:57 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 6:11:14 AM EDT by DK-Prof]

I usually use "normality" when talking about statistical analysis - not sure I've ever used the word "normalcy"
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:19:49 AM EDT
I thought it was Calvin Coolidge who invented 'normalcy.'
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 7:02:33 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 7:04:40 AM EDT by 95thFoot]

Originally Posted By psychotr:
I thought it was Calvin Coolidge who invented 'normalcy.'

I stand somewhat corrected. Neither Coolidge nor Harding invented it, but Harding popularized it.

Harding's normalcy is perhaps the most successful

presidential word. The O.E.D. has it from 1857, but the

word did not take flight until Harding used it in a stump

speech in his 1920 presidential campaign: ''America's

present need is not heroics but healing, not nostrums but

normalcy, not revolution but restoration.''

The word Harding might have used, normality, made its debut

in 1849, in Edgar Allen Poe's ''Eureka.'' But Harding was

notoriously ill spoken. He so fractured the language that

H. L. Mencken dubbed Harding's English ''Gamalielese,''

alluding to Harding's middle name, Gamaliel. Of Harding's

speech, Mencken wrote, ''It reminds me of stale bean soup,

of college yells, of dogs barking idiotically through

endless nights.'' It is said that when Harding got to the

word normality in the course of reading the speech, he

misread it as ''normalty,'' then mispronounced that. Out

came normalcy. The press noticed, so Harding repeated it

throughout the campaign, which adopted ''Return to Normalcy'' as its


I asked Fred Shapiro, editor of the coming Yale Dictionary

of Quotations, to check recent data for normalcy vs.

normality. From his search of Nexis, the vast

newspaper-and-magazine database, for all occurrences of

these words in July 2002, the score was normalcy 308,

normality 289. Harding's normalcy not only stuck (and

helped win him the presidency), but it now seems to be

ousting its senior synonym.


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