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Old 03-23-2020, 12:48 PM
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Why is it that the term "new normal" is used, exclusively, for any downgrading of the usual state of affairs--but never for an enhancement of the current state?

I have come to loathe this term, as it never appears to reflect any change for the better.
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Good observation...

Examples of the "new normal" have had tremendous positive results (medical innovations, convenience, improved technology, etc.), but they are rarely mentioned as the "new normal"...You are correct...
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It appears to me the phrase "new normal" was made up to describe some behavior that went contrary to straight society, in the hope of getting people to accept the deviation as normal, but new. I don't believe "new normal" has ever applied to anything positive.
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It appears to me the phrase "new normal" was made up to describe some behavior that went contrary to straight society, in the hope of getting people to accept the deviation as normal, but new.
Bingo!!!!!!...

2010...

The New Normal: What to Expect of Our Economy

Obama Warns of ‘New Normal’ for Economy
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yep, New Normal always seems to mean the New LOWER standard... substandard... to the way things were before.
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https://www.urbandictionary.com/defi...m=New%20normal

URBAN DICTIONARY
New normal
The current state of being after some dramatic change has transpired. What replaces the expected, usual, typical state after an event occurs. The new normal encourages one to deal with current situations rather than lamenting what could have been.
Housing costs plummeting is the new normal.

Having less discretionary income after the stock market crash is the new normal.
She expected to be saddened by his departure and accepted her feelings as the new normal.
Spending less on entertainment is the new normal during economic downturns.
Now that the baby was born, having less free time was the new normal for the new parents.

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A term used by women during and after treatment for breast cancer, meant to empower them, but having the opposite effect of encouraging them to accept less happiness and reducing their expectancy of reaching goals.
"Hi Jane, how've you been?"
"Getting used to my new normal. I used to waterski every weekend, but now I knit on my porch."
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https://www.urbandictionary.com/defi...m=New%20normal

URBAN DICTIONARY
New normal
The current state of being after some dramatic change has transpired. What replaces the expected, usual, typical state after an event occurs. The new normal encourages one to deal with current situations rather than lamenting what could have been.
Housing costs plummeting is the new normal.

Having less discretionary income after the stock market crash is the new normal.
She expected to be saddened by his departure and accepted her feelings as the new normal.
Spending less on entertainment is the new normal during economic downturns.
Now that the baby was born, having less free time was the new normal for the new parents.

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A term used by women during and after treatment for breast cancer, meant to empower them, but having the opposite effect of encouraging them to accept less happiness and reducing their expectancy of reaching goals.
"Hi Jane, how've you been?"
"Getting used to my new normal. I used to waterski every weekend, but now I knit on my porch."
"Great!"
I sure hope my new normal isn't knitting on the porch.
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