Thursday December 15, 2005 December 15, 2005 If abnormal means “not normal,” then… (I think, anyway) …aboriginal should mean, “not original.” Read more from The Blog, or from the series ‘Journal’ Add to the original piece by submitting your note below. Think of yourself as a co-author on the piece above and write accordingly. These aren't normal blog comments: this is a submission for publication. Read the guidelines below the form if you’re new here. Name * Email * (Will not display) Your website or Twitter handle For future comments: Remember this info Note * Formatting syntax: all basic & extra Markdown is supported. *italics*, **bold**, -- em-dash [Link](http://wikipedia.org) > Block quotation Subscribe by email or RSS to be notified of new comments. Notes will be discarded if they lack relevance, substance, clarity, accuracy, or delightfulness that is of a kind with that of the original article. Published notes will be included in the blog and sent to email and RSS subscribers, as well as being added to this page. If you prefer, write up your thoughts on your own blog, and submit a short note with a link to your post (we also support webmentions for this). Or if someone else has already made a good argument you agree with, submit a short note with a link. We’ll almost always publish these kinds of notes, as long as the posts they link to are relevant. If making claims, cite sources wherever possible. It’s never too late to submit a note. Notes are often added to posts several years old. If you just want to leave a general note of appreciation or complaint, use our feedback form instead. Your note will be reviewed before being published. This site has the squelch filter set higher than most, in order to eliminate low-substance chatter, and to create a curated exhibit of related ideas. We may follow up with you via email if we feel edits are needed.