The changing face of regular


Regular used to mean something that happened at similar intervals. The bus comes regularly every half hour. I regularly go to the library on a Wednesday. It still means that.

But now it means standard as well. Most frequently in a drink size or as an alternative to extra large.

Which is weird when you think about it. My regular coffee used to be the one I have each morning for breakfast, or the one I have when I meet my friend on Tuesday afternoons. Now it means the sort I always have or the middle size one.

How did that happen? Who started it? How did the first person they said it to know what they meant? Isn’t natural change interesting?

There is a sign in a local cafe advertising a bacon sandwich with a regular drink. One of these days I’m going to ask them when the next drink is due.

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About The Proof Angel

I am a freelance editor and proofreader, working with a wide range of clients from large companies to individuals. I can help you to communicate clearly by carrying out a final check, or by suggesting ideas get your message over. I also have a sideline in textiles, as The Rainbow Angel.
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