My husband despised the word “average” since his father used it to describe him. I, on the other hand, am comfortable being unremarkable, ordinary, a commoner. I am often awed by many “special” people.

If everyone is special, though, that makes me, who is not special, special.

What if the word “special” gets banned? Those special people would be “extraordinary,” “amazing” and “unique.” And, those who are not so special would be “modest,” “fair” and “settled.”
I think these sound better.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “No, Thank You.”
“If you could permanently ban a word from general usage, which one would it be? Why?”

9 thoughts on “special

  1. Your husband was NEVER “average.” In fact, that is just about the stupidest opinion I think I’ve ever heard. His father was unkind. As for YOU, you are special — also, extraordinary, amazing, and unique. Don’t be afraid of it. Nothing more is required of you than to simply be your own wonderful self. And please don’t contradict me, because I too am special, so I KNOW.

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  2. Unless being sarcastic… Whenever I did something crazy or deranged a friend of mine would say.. ooh Purnima you’re special. It made me feel like a little puppy. Not necessarily being taken serious but accepted in a way. Words.. strange creatures aren’t they? To me you are precious. Each one of your posts are like little gemstones and I like to pretend I’m the only one who can read it.

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  3. I agree that the word special is used too much. I don’t really like it when they call disabled people “special” as it implies that we are different from everyone else. in fact we are just normal people with normal wants and desires. We don’t want to be treated any differently we just want to belong. I am disabled myself so I would prefer other adjectives to describe myself.

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