One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1‘the new library system will issue books in the normal way’
usual, standard, typical, stock, common, ordinary, customary, conventional, habitual, accustomed, expected, wonted, everyday, regular, routine, day-to-day, daily, established, settled, set, fixed, traditional, quotidian, prevailing
2‘to anyone looking at them, they must seem like a perfectly normal couple’
ordinary, average, run-of-the-mill, standard, typical, middle-of-the-road, common, conventional, mainstream, unremarkable, unexceptional, plain, simple, homely, homespun, workaday
North American garden-variety
informal bog-standard, vanilla, plain vanilla, a dime a dozen
British informal common or garden
North American informal ornery
3‘Mr Lowe was convinced that the man was not normal’
sane, in one's right mind, right in the head, of sound mind, in possession of all one's faculties, able to reason clearly, able to think clearly, lucid, rational, coherent, balanced, well balanced
informal all there
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