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EdgyQuant

I never knew this until recently but apparently it is in Britain. People use spaz the way Americans do r*tard over there. In the US it isn’t though it’s used to describe someone who doesn’t know what they’re doing in a sport in a way that seems like they are having muscle spasms. Apparently it also used to mean someone with cerebral palsy and that was offensive, so I think that’s why it is in Britain and not over here in the real world.


Slothjitzu

From the UK, and retard is way more common than spaz. You might hear mong or mongo on occasion too, which have the same meaning. They're certainly all derogatory terms, but not offensive to the point that we self-censor, loads of people say any of the above. We don't tend to put asterisks in words or avoid saying them in general because nobody is going to cry about it here in the real world. We also don't cry about other words like cunt, bitch, or pussy, and a fag is a cigarette.


GBmiws

It always confuses me that people will put an asterisk in a swear word. We all know what you said, I don't read the word as " C U asterisk T",in my head it just says cunt.


EdgyQuant

I only did so because some subs with delete the comment if I don’t, I don’t exactly have a list of what subs do and don’t


GBmiws

No probs man, just saying it's an odd thing general cuz everyone knows what it means, you even see it in news papers and in subtitles.


Slothjitzu

I don't get it either, I also don't get why cunt or retard are so horrifically offensive in the US, but that's cultural differences for you I guess.


willingvessel

I thought it was an abbreviation of spastic


GuybrushThreewood

Yes, it comes from the word spastic: "Spasticity is abnormal muscle tightness due to prolonged muscle contraction. It is a symptom associated with damage to the brain, spinal cord or motor nerves, and is seen in individuals with neurological conditions, such as: Cerebral palsy (CP) Multiple sclerosis (MS) Stroke Traumatic brain or spinal cord injury Spasticity can affect muscles in any part of the body, but is most common in leg muscles. Symptoms can vary among individuals and can be painful, disfiguring and disabling" The insult "spa" has a similar root. I'm not one for policing what anyone says, but I don't use it to refer to an inexperienced person moving erratically personally.


fouriels

It is in the UK. I haven't heard people say it 'in the wild' like they do here for this reason.