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    Quote Originally Posted by ladypinkington View Post
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    This is not technically a word. It was an error made by a president (Hoover, I think) and became a colloquialism. The real word is "normality."

    Also, I do use the phrase "pardon my malapropism" whenever I say one thing and mean your mother.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urchin View Post
    This is not technically a word. It was an error made by a president (Hoover, I think) and became a colloquialism. The real word is "normality."

    Also, I do use the phrase "pardon my malapropism" whenever I say one thing and mean your mother.
    I looked it up. The president in question was Harding.

    Language purists do claim that it's an incorrect suffix based on certain grammatical rules, but the word has existed in dictionaries dating back to 1857.

    Language rules are relatively new developments by people attempting to codify English usage to prevent drift in usage, an endeavor I fully support. However, it must be acknowledged that prior to the general promulgation and dissemination of such rules, many noncomplying words were coined. Most of the standards we use now didn't exist until the 18th century, and some appeared as late as the 19th and early 20th.

    I admit that normality sounds more correct, however. I'll also admit that normalcy is an aberrant word that should be depreciated.

    Now, desist in your impotent attempts at corrective lexical parsing until you meliorate your faculties.

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    Quote Originally Posted by athenian200 View Post
    I looked it up. The president in question was Harding.

    Language purists do claim that it's an incorrect suffix based on certain grammatical rules, but the word has existed in dictionaries dating back to 1857.

    Language rules are relatively new developments by people attempting to codify English usage to prevent drift in usage, an endeavor I fully support. However, it must be acknowledged that prior to the general promulgation and dissemination of such rules, many noncomplying words were coined. Most of the standards we use now didn't exist until the 18th century, and some appeared as late as the 19th and early 20th.

    I admit that normality sounds more correct, however. I'll also admit that normalcy is an aberrant word that should be depreciated.

    Now, desist in your impotent attempts at corrective lexical parsing until you meliorate your faculties.
    "Normalcy" came into the vernacular as a piece of descriptive lexicography. Much like how I feel about descriptive grammar, I detest descriptive lexicography. "Normality" is the proper word. "Normalcy" is analogous to "Nuculer," which is now considered a correct pronounciation of "Nuclear."

    How is this okay?!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Urchin View Post
    I've started training for a vocabulary bee. List your favorite words here!

    I'm a fan of the words "lugubrious," "austere," and "benthic" today.
    I'm a big fan of Scrabble, so I know a bunch of stupid short words without knowing what they mean.

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    There are 994 three-letter words that Scrabulous accepts (a Facebook Scrabble application using TWL dictionary). I'm sketchy on or don't know 446 of them. Here are all of them.

    aah, aal, aas, aba, aby, ace, act, add, ado, ads, adz, aff, aft, aga, age, ago, ags, aha, ahi, ahs, aid, ail, aim, ain, air, ais, ait, ala, alb, ale, all, alp, als, alt, ama, ami, amp, amu, ana, and, ane, ani, ant, any, ape, apo, app, apt, arb, arc, are, arf, ark, arm, ars, art, ash, ask, asp, ass, ate, auk, ava, ave, avo, awa, awe, awl, awn, axe, aye, ays, azo

    baa, bad, bag, bah, bal, bam, ban, bar, bas, bat, bay, bed, bee, beg, bel, ben, bes, bet, bey, bib, bid, big, bin, bio, bis, bit, biz, boa, bob, bod, bog, boo, bop, bos, bot, bow, box, boy, bra, brr, bub, bud, bug, bum, bun, bur, bus, but, buy, bye, bys

    cab, cad, cam, can, cap, car, cat, caw, cay, cee, cep, chi, cig, cis, cob, cod, cog, col, con, coo, cop, cor, cos, cot, cow, cox, coy, coz, cru, cry, cub, cud, cue, cum, cup, cur, cut, cwm

    dab, dad, dag, dah, dak, dal, dam, dan, dap, daw, day, deb, dee, def, dei, del, den, des, dev, dew, dex, dey, dib, did, die, dif, dig, dim, din, dip, dit, doc, doe, dog, dol, dom, don, dor, dos, dot, dow, dry, dub, dud, due, dug, duh, dui, dun, duo, dup, dye

    ear, eat, eau, ebb, ecu, edh, eds, eek, eel, eff, efs, eft, egg, ego, eke, eld, elf, elk, ell, elm, els, eme, ems, emu, end, eng, ens, eon, era, ere, erg, ern, err, ers, ess, eta, eth, eve, ewe, eye

    fab, fad, fag, fan, far, fas, fat, fax, fay, fed, fee, feh, fem, fen, fer, fes, fet, feu, few, fey, fez, fib, fid, fie, fig, fil, fin, fir, fit, fix, fiz, flu, fly, fob, foe, fog, foh, fon, fop, for, fou, fox, foy, fro, fry, fub, fud, fug, fun, fur

    gab, gad, gae, gag, gal, gam, gan, gap, gar, gas, gat, gay, ged, gee, gel, gem, get, gey, ghi, gib, gid, gie, gig, gin, gip, git, gnu, goa, gob, god, goo, gor, gos, got, gox, gul, gum, gun, gut, guv, guy, gym, gyp

    had, hae, hag, hah, haj, ham, hao, hap, has, hat, haw, hay, heh, hem, hen, hep, her, hes, het, hew, hex, hey, hic, hid, hie, him, hin, hip, his, hit, hmm, hob, hod, hoe, hog, hon, hop, hot, how, hoy, hub, hue, hug, huh, hum, hun, hup, hut, hyp

    ice, ich, ick, icy, ids, ifs, igg, ilk, ill, imp, ink, inn, ins, ion, ire, irk, ism, its, ivy

    jab, jag, jam, jar, jaw, jay, jee, jet, jeu, jib, jig, jin, job, joe, jog, jot, jow, joy, jug, jun, jus, jut

    kab, kae, kaf, kas, kat, kay, kea, kef, keg, ken, kep, kev, kex, key, khi, kid, kif, kin, kip, kir, kis, kit, koa, kob, kop, kor, kos, kue, kye

    lab, lac, lad, lag, lam, lap, lar, las, lat, lav, law, lax, lay, lea, led, lee, leg, lei, lek, let, leu, lev, lex, ley, lib, lid, lie, lin, lip, lis, lit, lob, log, loo, lop, lot, low, lox, lug, lum, luv, lux, lye

    mac, mad, mae, mag, man, map, mar, mas, mat, maw, may, med, meg, mel, mem, men, met, mew, mho, mib, mic, mid, mig, mil, mim, mir, mis, mix, moa, mob, mod, mog, mol, mom, mon, moo, mop, mor, mos, mot, mow, mud, mug, mum, mun, mus, mut, myc

    nab, nae, nag, nah, nam, nap, naw, nay, neb, nee, neg, net, new, nib, nil, nim, nip, nit, nix, nob, nod, nog, noh, nom, noo, nor, nos, not, now, nth, nub, nun, nus, nut

    oaf, oak, oar, oat, oba, obe, obi, oca, oda, odd, ode, ods, oes, off, oft, ohm, oho, ohs, oil, oka, oke, old, ole, oms, one, ono, ons, ooh, oot, ope, ops, opt, ora, orb, orc, ore, ors, ort, ose, oud, our, out, ova, owe, owl, own, oxo, oxy

    pac, pad, pah, pal, pam, pan, pap, par, pas, pat, paw, pax, pay, pea, ped, pee, peg, peh, pen, pep, per, pes, pet, pew, phi, pht, pia, pic, pie, pig, pin, pip, pis, pit, piu, pix, ply, pod, poh, poi, pol, pop, pot, pow, pox, pro, pry, psi, pst, pub, pud, pug, pul, pun, pup, pur, pus, put, pya, pye, pyx

    qat, qis, qua

    rad, rag, rah, rai, raj, ram, ran, rap, ras, rat, raw, rax, ray, reb, rec, red, ree, ref, reg, rei, rem, rep, res, ret, rev, rex, rho, ria, rib, rid, rif, rig, rim, rin, rip, rob, roc, rod, roe, rom, rot, row, rub, rue, rug, rum, run, rut, rya, rye

    sab, sac, sad, sae, sag, sal, sap, sat, sau, saw, sax, say, sea, sec, see, seg, sei, sel, sen, ser, set, sew, sex, sha, she, shh, shy, sib, sic, sim, sin, sip, sir, sis, sit, six, ska, ski, sky, sly, sob, sod, sol, som, son, sop, sos, sot, sou, sow, sox, soy, spa, spy, sri, sty, sub, sue, suk, sum, sun, sup, syn

    tab, tad, tae, tag, taj, tam, tan, tao, tap, tar, tas, tat, tau, tav, taw, tax, tea, ted, tee, teg, tel, ten, tet, tew, the, tho, thy, tic, tie, til, tin, tip, tis, tit, tod, toe, tog, tom, ton, too, top, tor, tot, tow, toy, try, tsk, tub, tug, tui, tun, tup, tut, tux, twa, two, tye

    udo, ugh, uke, ulu, umm, ump, uns, upo, ups, urb, urd, urn, urp, use, uta, ute, uts

    vac, van, var, vas, vat, vau, vav, vaw, vee, veg, vet, vex, via, vid, vie, vig, vim, vin, vis, voe, von, vow, vox, vug, vum

    wab, wad, wae, wag, wan, wap, war, was, wat, waw, wax, way, web, wed, wee, wen, wet, wha, who, why, wig, win, wis, wit, wiz, woe, wok, won, woo, wos, wot, wow, wry, wud, wye, wyn

    xis

    yag, yah, yak, yam, yap, yar, yaw, yay, yea, yeh, yen, yep, yes, yet, yew, yin, yip, yob, yod, yok, yom, yon, you, yow, yuk, yum, yup

    zag, zap, zas, zax, zed, zee, zek, zep, zig, zip, zit, zoa, zoo, zuz, zzz

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urchin View Post
    "Normalcy" came into the vernacular as a piece of descriptive lexicography. Much like how I feel about descriptive grammar, I detest descriptive lexicography. "Normality" is the proper word. "Normalcy" is analogous to "Nuculer," which is now considered a correct pronounciation of "Nuclear."

    How is this okay?!
    Your comparison is invalid. That pronunciation is accepted informally in some areas, but it is technically invalid, and that alternate spelling of nuclear you mentioned is considered invalid in any context.

    Normalcy is in fact officially considered a word at present, and that is undeniable. Look at any spell check program or dictionary, and it will be listed. Often, so is abnormalcy.

    I will concede that based on the typical/proper use of that suffix, that word and its aforementioned antonym should be depreciated, but that doesn't make them invalid.

    Your original claim was that normalcy was not technically considered a word. The definition of what is and is not technically a word would be what is listed in a dictionary as accurate and not colloquial. You may claim that it shouldn't be considered a word, but that has no bearing on whether or not it is, in fact, considered a word.

    My premise for claiming correctness in this instance is based on the majority of dictionaries and/or spell check programs. I perceive you didn't deny my correctness, but tried to obfuscate the issue by using words such as "okay" and "detest." Your sentiments about its correctness are irrelevant. The question is whether or not the word is, at present, officially considered to be within the realm of proper usage. I believe it is. Do you or do you not agree?

    Also, you misspelled "pronunciation."

    I reiterate my suggestion that you meliorate your faculties, illusioned echinoderm.

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    Fluff-o-rama

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    Quote Originally Posted by Urchin View Post
    This is not technically a word. It was an error made by a president (Hoover, I think) and became a colloquialism. The real word is "normality.
    I was being a smartass by the way,lol. It's just what I do,lol.

    I don't think strategery is a word and is me quoting Will Ferrell making fun of the president and truthiness is me quoting Stephan Colbert- so I am surpirsed of all the things you pointed out - it was Normalcy? And yes Normalcy was me quoting Harding. Poopoohead didn't bother you at all- but NORMALCY,lol.

    ha ha ha ha ha

    I literally died laughing,lol. Literally!
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    omg wut hppnd 2 ths thrd?
    l33tsp3ak rulez!

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    This thread isn't strange. In fact, for this forum it's pretty representative of normaltude.

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