Heard on Childrens [sic] Hospital: _cripple-sticks_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 13 04:41:53 UTC 2011

Used as a term for "crutches" by a crippled character on the TV
program, Childrens [sic] Hospital.

Ca. 1940, *I* invented _cripple-sticks_ as a term for "crutches."

Unfortunately, as is so often the case, I am unable to document this
claim. On the bright side, no one's tenure depends upon my "research."
So, WTF?

But, IAC, what a coinkidink!

All say, "How hard it is that we have to die!"---a strange complaint
to come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
-Mark Twain

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