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  1. katry Says:

    G. K. Chesterton quote

  2. hedley Says:

    Gosh, what a share, i had completely forgotten about these. It was not unusual for my sister and I of accusing each other of being a spastic, along with nit and git and other insults so deeply embedded in the 1960s.

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      I do believe we called any kid who tripped or fell a spastic, but we didn’t collect money for them. We were all into our Pagan babies. Good to know you gave to spastics!!

  3. Bob Says:

    Talk about political incorrectness. I can’t believe there was a “spastic” charity. Yes, we used those terms and worse when we were kids. Remember, having cooties?

    • katry Says:

      In a blog a little while back I wrote about cooties and the cootie catcher we used to make by folding paper.

      I don’t think we had a spastic charity here. Hedley remembers it in England.

      • Bob Says:

        I think that the term spastic referred to people with cerebral palsey.

      • katry Says:

        It did for the major definition, but the definition which fits kids calling one another spastic is uncoordinated.

  4. Rowen Says:

    This refers to spastic cerebral palsy. It’s not quite the way we’d do things today, of course. No doubt the charity folks meant to appeal to public sympathy but it’s good that we’ve moved on.

    • katry Says:

      It is so far from today. In my memory drawers, I can still hear somebody say, “What a spas,” when someone tripped or fell. There are many words which I used as a kid which are offensive, but I didn’t know it back then.


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