Normalcy vs. Normality

By Jaxson

  • Normalcy

    Return to normalcy, a return to the way of life before World War I, was United States presidential candidate Warren G. Harding’s campaign slogan for the election of 1920. Although detractors believed that the word was a neologism as well as a malapropism, coined by Harding (as opposed to the more accepted term normality), there was contemporaneous discussion and evidence found that normalcy had been listed in dictionaries as far back as 1857. Harding’s promise was to return the United States prewar mentality, without the thought of war tainting the minds of the American people. To sum up his points, he stated:

    “America’s present need is not heroics, but healing; not nostrums, but normalcy; not revolution, but restoration; not agitation, but adjustment; not surgery, but serenity; not the dramatic, but the dispassionate; not experiment, but equipoise; not submergence in internationality, but sustainment in triumphant nationality.”

  • Normalcy (noun)

    The state of being normal; the fact of being normal; normality.

  • Normality (noun)

    The state of being normal or usual; normalcy.

    “Jessie was going to wear pants to school, but her brother persuaded her to wear shorts to preserve normality.”

  • Normality (noun)

    The concentration of a solution expressed in gram equivalent weights of solute per litre of solution.

  • Normality (noun)

    A measure of how well an observed distribution approximates a normal distribution.


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