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handicapped(hăn′dē-kăpt′) Usage Problem
1. Physically or mentally disabled: a pool equipped for handicapped swimmers.
2. Intended for people who have a disability: a handicapped parking space.
n. (used with a pl. verb)
People who have a disability considered as a group. Often used with the.
Etymology: hand in cap, a seventeenth-century game with forfeits
referring to a person who has a congenital or acquired mental or physical defect that interferes with normal functioning of the body system or the ability to be self-sufficient in modern society. Compare disability.
politically correctPolitically sensitive adjective Referring to language reflecting awareness and sensitivity to another person's physical, mental, cultural, or other disadvantages or deviations from a norm; a person is not mentally retarded, but rather mentally challenged; a person is not obese but rather has an eating disorder, etc
Politically correct-a microglossary
Former term PC term
American Indian Native American
Black African American
Demented Disoriented, severely confused
Homophobic Heterosexually biased
(American) Indian Native American
Mentally retarded Mentally disabled or challenged
Obese Large, ample, right-sized
Physically handicapped Physically disadvantaged
Poorly educated Educationally disadvantaged
Racist Culturally insensitive
Stupid Educationally challenged
Politically correct ad absurdum–a microglossary
PCAA term Translation
Colorful Flaky, fruity
Detail oriented Anal-retentive or, if extreme, obsessive compulsive
Eccentric Nuts, weird
Enthusiastic & hopeful Insufferably arrogant
Follicly challenged Bald
Knowledge deficient Ignorant
Sexual arts specialist Prostitute, hooker
Sexual arts aficionado Slut, sleaze
Vertically challenged Short
Vertically enhanced Tall
Visually challenged Myopic