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  • n. the quality or condition of being ordinary

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  • n. the quality of being commonplace and ordinary


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  • Katie Roiphe on Swimming in a Sea of Death: A Son's Memoir by David Rieff: In fact, Sontag’s confrontation with her own ordinariness is the most intriguing element of Rieff’s story.

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  • John Rentoul said of Blair: "His ordinariness is a facade, it's not real - he's actually a very self-controlled professional presentation manager."

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  • Populist conservatives, many of them on the Christian right, say her ordinariness is her best asset.

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  • Frank's comment: But my friend we are many, many years from such "ordinariness" when it comes to space flight.

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  • While there are obvious demographic and political variations between a city population and a rural one, we city dwellers have no less of a claim to "ordinariness" than our rural or small-town brethren.

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  • By keeping this intriguing narrative on a basic descriptive level, an anecdotal history of current events, Amelia Thomas reveals not only the pathos of the situation, but also the indominatable will to survive – for both the human and animal menagerie – and the humour and everyday 'ordinariness' of those involved.

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  • I wanted readers to see Thailand as a real place, with a kind of ordinariness about it.

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  • The public always viewed Blair & Brown as a double act and there was a sense that any shortcomings in one were balanced in the other what Tony lacked in intellectual weight, Gordon made up - what Gordon lacked in 'ordinariness', Tony made up etc.

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  • In some sense this can be seen as a measure of 'ordinariness' by which players are judged?

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  • She had been so infatuated with Will, one of three sons whose father owned a Fortune 500 packaging plant, so delighted by his strong family ties and his "ordinariness," despite his supposed millions, that she chose to turn a blind eye to the simple truth that the fortune Will believed to be his was, in fact, his father's.

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  • Those are the wonderful things that are beyond ordinariness-like love-that makes life worth living.

    ( The Glorious Impossible, by Madeleine Lengle)

    September 29, 2010

  • Come Monday night, the day of work is done

    Tuesday morning lose the grey of ordinariness

    Start by putting off your chores

    And all the crushing bores

    Say your morning prayers

    Sing a rousing song

    Then sing it on the long walk home.

    (Come Monday night, by God Help the Girl)

    June 3, 2009