1: offering or expressing a choice
2: different from the usual or conventional: such as
a: existing or functioning outside the established cultural, social, or economic system.
b: of, relating to, or being rock music that is regarded as different from conventional rock, and is typically influenced by punk rock, hard rock, hip-hop, or folk music
c: of relating to holistic medicine
3: occurring or succeeding by turns
Alternative(adj.): 1580s, “offering one or the other of two,” from Medieval Latin alternativus, Latin alternatus, past participle of alternate “do one thing and then another, do by turns,” from alters“ one after the other, alternate, in turns, reciprocal,” from alter“the other.” Meaning “purporting to be a superior choice to what is in general use“ was current by 1970 (earliest reference is to the media); in popular music, by 1984 in reference to pirate radio.
“Science fiction is trying to find alternative ways of looking at realities.”
Iain Banks (1954-2013, Scottish author, known for writing mainstream fiction under the name Iain Banks and science fiction as Iain M. Bank)
“We’re living in a different world now in terms of employee needs, and companies have to offer alternative methods for getting the work done. Even under the most difficult circumstances you can have creative flexibility.”
Anne M. Mulcahy (b. 1952, former chairman and chief executive officer of Xerox Corporation; selected as “CEO of the Year 2008” by Chief Executive magazine.)
“If I want my people to be free, Americans have to be free.”
Russell Means (1939-2012, Oglala Lakota activist for the rights of American Indian people, actor, writer, and musician, who became a prominent member of the American Indian Movement)
“I studied homeopathy for years and years. Herbs and all kinds of acupuncture, acupressure, alternative medicine. I think it’s just better to treat the whole person.”
Sissy Spacek (b. Mary Elizabeth Spacek in 1949, actress and singer, and recipient of an Academy Award for Best Actress for Coal Miner’s Daughter)
“You get tough when you grow up unloved. People described me as a boyish girl – rather shy, but I didn’t show it. I had an attitude. I was rather wild I lied a lot because I knew the alternative was to be punished. As I got older realized I didn’t have to lie anymore and it was a nice feeling. I could be myself.
Maj Sjöwall (b. 1935, Swedish author and translator, best known for her collaborative work with her partner, Per Wahlöö, on a series of ten novels about the exploits of Martin Beck, a Stockholm police detector.)
“If you have abandoned one faith, do not abandon all faith. There is always an alternative to the faith we lose. Or is it the same under another mask?
Graham Greene (b. Henry Graham Greene, 1904-1991, English novelist, short-story writer, playwright, and journalist)
“That’s true but I think the contemporary problem that we are facing increasing numbers of black people and other people of color being thrown into a status that involves work in alternative economies and increasing numbers of people who are incarcerated.”
Angela Davis (b. 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, radical African American educator, civil rights activist, author)