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CapriUni BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative (74* d) RE: BS: The use of 'Crutch' as a pejorative 21 Dec 11

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It's something that has been fairly common idiom in my part of the world (I came of age on the East Coast North America, in the mid-to-late 20th century) to say, as a put down (something like): "Well, Bob could have given a much better speech, but he insists on using cue cards as a crutch," as if using a crutch were a bad thing, and to imply that "Bob" is being deliberately lazy.

Walkers and canes don't show up in idiom, as much (unless it's to make a joke about someone being elderly, which is it's own can of bigoted worms).

Here's another article written about the use of "crutch" as a negative metaphor, that someone I know wrote a couple years ago: Ableist word profile: "Crutch"

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