> Hey Pete,
> You're British, aren't you? If so I can
> understand your objection to my use of the word
> "spastic". I did a bit of digging and it appears
> it's slang for two different things, one in
> Britain, one in North America.
> In Britain the term is essentially a substitute
> for "retard". In North America, it's used to
> describe someone who "spazzes out". Difficult to
> articulate what is meant by the latter, hence the
> use of the term itself, but I guess one could say
> it means to clumsily freak out. A disjointed
> temper tantrum.
USA: A neutral term to refer to clumsiness.
> Unlike its UK counterpart, this has absolutely no
> negative connotations
> UK: An incredibly derogatory term referring to
> people with cerebral palsy, in a similar way
> retarded is often used as an insult around the
> So that may aid in explaining my confusion with
> your reaction to that post, and the severity of
> your own.
> Yes, people here are generally intelligent. This
> is the reason for my coming back for 20 years,
> because the potential for quality
> conversation. The problem, or frustration, I have
> is that with certain topics these same intelligent
> people throw their heads in the sand and are
> seemingly unwilling to look around and objectively
> look at what's happening -- regardless of other
> affiliations. A lot of intelligent people
> identify in groups, I guess it's part of natural
> human behavior as a social species, the issue
> comes in when these groups/tribes generate a
> dominance over a curiosity for the world and when
> necessary its criticism.
> You stated that I consider:
...people with different views to you are
> either evil,subhuman or willing
> stooges to whatever it is you are standing for in
> that thread.
> Look at how extreme your language is here in
> describing me. I have never said people are
> evil or subhuman for disagreeing with me - ever.
> It's not something that would even cross my mind.
> A caricature of me as a poster has been hinted at,
> hinted at, and hinted at by a select few on the
> forum until some people start to generally believe
> it without any real foundation in substance. This
> is an example.
Pete, the word here was spastically, you state you have never said opposing posters were subhuman, that's the opposite of what I read from that wording which is why I pulled you on this several times, it is incredibly offensive in the UK
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