“Normal” people and the rest of us

Posted on September 10, 2015 by

LEL lecturer George Walkden is quoted in a post on BBC Ouch, the BBC’s blog and radio show focusing on disabled people.

Following on from Tory cabinet minister Iain Duncan Smith’s use of the word “normal” to describe non-disabled people in the House of Commons, LEL was contacted to explain the word’s etymology and some nuances of its heavily context-dependent meaning. In the post, George outlines its Latin origin (originally meaning “right-angled”), its semantic development, and some of the connotations that make Mr Duncan Smith’s remark just so unfortunate.

You can read the post here.

Featured image: Iain Duncan Smith in a normal (for him?) setting. Image from Wikimedia Commons via the FCO’s Flickr stream, under an Open Government License.