annnnd someone just said “spaz” on pushing daisies
I really fucking like this show and now I really fucking hate it
it’s never okay to use that word
how am i still surprised at other peoples’ stupidity
> In response to a tag asking for an explanation.
U.K. usage here.
"Spaz" (form of "spastic") used to be used as a catch-all term for a variety of mental conditions before then being adopted to generally mean "idiot / fool".
However, there are still a number of medical conditions which are called “spastic” most notably cerebral palsy. The UK charity for supporting people with cerebral palsy used to be called “The Spastics Society” (now called Scope).
SO calling someone a spaz / spastic is generally viewed as being….disresepectful (?) to sufferers of cerebral palsy in the same way that calling someone gay can be considered disrespectful to homosexuals.