A false etymological claim is often used to explain why ‘handicapped’ is a slur. In fact, its origins lie elsewhere, but the word still carries negative connotations, in a fascinating linguistic conundrum.
The language which surrounds disability is tremendously complex. There is, for example, the brisk debate between the person first approach and the different framing which comes up in the social model of disability and the appropriate language to use within each structure[1. Person first=person with disabilities, social model=disabled person.]. But many nondisabled people aren’t even […]