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    abby-normal

    Hi there

    Would anyone help me with this phrase: abby-normal

    I have googled and knew it is from a movie, but still don't know what it exactly mean?

    The context of my sentence is like that:

    A: I wonder why his magic doesn't work on Jenny?
    B: Because she is abby-normal.

    Thank you for your kind help.

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    Re: abby-normal

    One of my favorite movies of all time, Young Frankenstein, had a scene with Abby Normal. Igor was sent for the brain of a genius, but he dropped it, so he got another. He couldn't read, so the fact that it was "abnormal" was not clear to him. When it became clear that the brain was not actually that of the genius, he admitted it was from someone else. Ab... abby.. Abby Normal.

    It's entered common vernacular. It's just a funny way to say "abnormal."

    She's not normal.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: abby-normal

    Aha. - Perhaps that's where Abby in NCIS got her name...

    b

    PS: I know the character's called Abigail, and 'Abby''s a common abbreviation for that name. What I mean is that the writers chose the name as an homage to YF.

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    Re: abby-normal

    She's my daughter's idol. There are far worse things to be an homage to!
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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