And here I thought, I was the only one who thought this way about extraordinary!


Has anyone else ever been confounded by the word ‘extraordinary?’

For years, I’ve wondered just how on earth that word could mean what it does. Extra… ordinary?

As in, ordinary x2? As in, the most ordinary person in the world because they’re ordinary to the nth degree?

This is dictionary.com’s meaning of ordinary:

or·di·nar·y [awr-dn-er-ee]
1. of no special quality or interest; commonplace; unexceptional: One novel is brilliant, the other is decidedly ordinary; an ordinary person.
2. plain or undistinguished: ordinary clothes.
3. somewhat inferior or below average; mediocre.
4. customary; usual; normal: We plan to do the ordinary things this weekend.

So based on these descriptors, wouldn’t something or someone who is extra-ordinary be even more boring, commonplace, plain, normal, etc. than something/someone who is merely ordinary?

I know, I know, the origin of the word means something different. It has a Latin base (of course), extra ordinem, which means ‘outside the…

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