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I was recently taught the concept of a shinui to be "something done in a way that is unusual compared to the norm in one's area of residence", with respect to the permissibility of actions done on Shabbat and Yom Tov.

My question is "what constitutes the norm"? What if 51% of people do something one way and 49% of people do it another way? Furthermore, what constitutes one's "area of residence" in this matter? Is one's "area of residence" confined to one's home, neighborhood, city, country, state, continent, planet?

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Does this not also apply to Yom Tov? –  Lee May 29 '13 at 19:37
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See the description of the shabbat tag. "Also use this tag for questions that apply equally to yom tov and Shabbat." –  Double AA May 29 '13 at 19:41
    
Hazak, @DoubleAA! –  Lee May 29 '13 at 19:44
    
Halacha defines shinui ,klachar yad –  sam May 30 '13 at 0:59
    
It would be helpful to explain what you are referring to,muktzah ,doing a melacha? –  sam May 30 '13 at 2:16
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