April 13, 2006
Tiger Woods Has A Whole New Handicap
The s-word reared its ugly head again. "Spaz", that is. A recent BBC article noted that Tiger Woods has been criticized for saying that he played like a "spaz".
As you may recall, in a January blog post about reclaiming negative language, I wrote about a California company that was marketing a wheelchair with the brand name Spazz, which was creating an uproar due to the brand name's obvious insensitivity in the UK and New Zealand.
If you'd like to know more of my opinion on naming a wheelchair Spazz, check out this Radio New Zealand interview.
This same BBC article has three links on the subject of inappropriate language to describe the disabled. In the BBC site for its Ouch! Disability Magazine:
- Worst Word Vote - Results - See what 2,053 disabled and non-disabled people have to say about some language that is offensive to the disabled. I think some of the examples will surprise you (Also see image on right.)
- Worst Word Vote - Top Ten by Disabled vs Non-disabled - Here's a side-by-side comparison of how the choice of top ten Worst Words differed between disabled and non-disabled people who took part in the poll.
- Ouch! Podcast - The BBC's Ouch! Podcast is a monthly comedy show about disabilities, hosted by Actor Mat Fraser and comedian Liz Carr.
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