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  • Think of it like "retarded" in the US -- it's used as a generic insult, but also describes a particular set of people (those with mental disabilities). Whereas "bloody hell," "son of a bitch," and "shithead" don't denigrate any particular people.
    • by jdavidb (1361) on 2007.07.14 7:48 (#56242) Homepage Journal

      Think of it like "retarded" in the US

      Yeah, I sort of realized it must be an insult like that. But honestly prior to last night I didn't notice the word "spastic" had a prior meaning referring to people with a particular disability. :) That's just not how it's used over here.

      Of course, we also insult each other with "retarded" a lot. And I guess the same could be said for most of our insults that denigrate intelligence: "idiot," for example.

      J. David works really hard, has a passion for writing good software, and knows many of the world's best Perl programmers