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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


Interesting, Q.

Seems like "crutch" might've originally meant "stick with a thing on top to push against" (the earliest designs for crutches were an underarm type, with no hand grips, that supported a person's underarms), and the negative meaning came about from the negative attitudes people had (and have) about the people who need them.

And yes, it's old. But that also means it's about damned time for a change.

Meanwhile, not three minutes after I posted my last note here, I turned on the TV, and heard this opening line from a car commercial:

"I could go for the 'Holiday Angle,' but that's just a crutch. And I'm a better salesman than that."


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