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Re: vulgarisms

From:David G. Durand <dgd@...>
Date:Thursday, November 12, 1998, 2:16
At 10:31 PM -0400 11/11/98, John Cowan wrote:
>Yes, specifically applied to the hypothyroid. But what is the link >from "Christian" to "stupid"?
According to my wife's (plausible) folk etymology (for the same expression in Greek), the "mentally challenged" were called Christians because they were baptized (if nothing else) and so were better than animals and non-Christians. Usage took care of the rest, making the term derogatory, probably as soon as it acquired "mental defective" as a significant component of its meaning. -- David _________________________________________ David Durand \ Boston University Computer Science \ Sr. Analyst \ Dynamic Diagrams --------------------------------------------\ MAPA: mapping for the WWW \__________________________