From the March 2012 magazine.

Are AA Members Extraterrestrials?

If not, why do we sometimes refer to non-AAs as "earthlings"?

A woman who was sharing at a meeting today used an expression that makes me nuts, "earth people." Variations include "earthlings," "normies," "civilians," and probably a number of others I haven't heard. They all mean the same thing: people who are non-alcoholics.

And they all cause me to bite my tongue, or grit my teeth, whenever I hear one of them. Even though I'm an alcoholic, sober for 12 years, I don't want to be pigeonholed and categorized as someone who, by implication, could be labeled the opposite of any of those terms. For example, if I'm not an "earth person," or an "earthling," does that make me an extraterrestrial?

-- Leslie M.

Pottstown, Pennsylvania

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