Thursday, April 13, 2006

Spaz Is Offensive?

Tiger Woods is apparently in trouble for saying "spaz" in comments about the Master's tournament. What? Spaz? That's offensive? In England, apparently it's cause for uproar.

I, of course, read about it on the Language Log, which you should already be reading anyway. They have a good entry and links to the events surrounding the controversy and they thoroughly investigate the history of the word.

One thing that they didn't mention was the offensiveness survey that I posted about recently. The Language Log post mentions that spastic is apparently more offensive than all other terms for the mentally and physically handicapped but "retard". However, the BBC survey I mentioned earlier doesn't include retard. This could simply be an oversight, but it does include spastic, and it's apparently more offensive than shit.

That blows my mind.


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