spaz and Tiger Woods

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Fri Apr 14 20:36:02 UTC 2006

Good treatment, Ben.  Not long ago I read the noun "spastic" used in a neutral way in a book written in the 1920s. OED shows neutral exx. between 1896 and as late as 1937.


Benjamin Zimmer <bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU> wrote:
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For anyone who's not yet sick and tired of the topic, I just put up a
Language Log post on the history of "spaz":

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