The word ‘special’ means: ‘Exceptional in quality or degree; unusual; out of the ordinary; excelling in some way’ (Oxford English Dictionary). It came into English as long ago as the 13th century from an Anglo-Norman source word (behind which lies a classical Latin word). My reason for mentioning this that recenly a defender of the (failed) Yes vote told me in an email that Aboriginal Australians ‘are special and deserve special treatment’.
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