I still don't necessarily care to be thought of as "abnormal" simply because I lack aptitude in socialization and can't organize my thoughts as easily as others (being too focused on one interest at a given time, and whatnot) OR because I have difficulty with making eye contact with strangers.
I see it more along the lines of re-purposing the word and turning it into a positive. I've had some success with things like that in the past.
'Abnormal' doesn't just mean not common-place. It means outside the bounds of accepted norms. I think most of us here would be within those norms, albeit displaying non-standard traits.
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Seems to be a term with diverging connotations.