Who decides if a punishment is 'unusual'?

Surely every punishment is unusual at its implementation, and once implemented, no punishment is unusual.

So at what point is it decided if something is 'usual' or 'unusual'?


I'm not saying it immediately becomes usual upon its first implementation - I'm saying there must be a certain point where something goes from one to the other.

3 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    You have a strange idea of what "unusual" means, if you think that one single occurrence would make it "usual".

  • 4 weeks ago

    the historical record for the culture involved.

  • Anonymous
    4 weeks ago

    Think of it as common and uncommon.

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