We love the outlier. We have pondered standard deviations and exceptions. We know the difference between average and normal. Today we wonder if being “above average” has the negative taint of being “abnormal?”
If we accept the Oxford definition of “abnormal:”
… deviating from what is normal or usual, typically in a way that is undesirable or worrying …
Does that definition describe the state of being “above average?”
If you are not average — either better or worse — does that make you “abnormal” by definition?
Is the creation of the word “abnormal” a way to control and manipulate those who rise above the average range of “normal” — and if we want to be prescient and correct, do we need to replace “abnormal” with “abaverage?”