ADS-L Digest - 11 Apr 2006 to 12 Apr 2006 (#2006-103)

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Thu Apr 13 13:25:37 UTC 2006

Here I have differing anecdotal evidence:

Buffalo, NY. 1970-1976. I was less than 10 and knew that the term
"spastic" related to cerebral palsy. I also knew "spaz" was a word
that could cause a fight.

I never heard "epi".

---Amy West

>Date:    Wed, 12 Apr 2006 14:41:35 -0700
>From:    Mark Peters <markpeters33 at YAHOO.COM>
>Subject: Re: spaz and Tiger Woods
>When I was a kid in Western New York in the 70s and 80s, I remember
>"spaz" being connected to a different disorder: epilepsy. "Epi," I
>think, was an insult that went along with spaz.
>   Mark

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