The Leader column in the Economist defines use.

I’ve always thought the use of the term ‘normalcy’ a little unnecessary when we already have the pretty good ‘normality’. The Economist (Oct 3 09) explains that the former word was first made popular by Warren Harding as he campaigned to be president but is now used during crises by the media and politicians. On use, the Leader column in the Economist says:

“Normalcy is what people call normality when they no longer take it for granted.”

Economist

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