John McWhorter on euphemisms.

The Euphemism Treadmill: From Crippled to Handicapped to Differently Abled

The Euphemism Treadmill: From Crippled to Handicapped to Differently Abled

A show about the mysteries of English.
April 18 2017 3:36 PM

The Euphemism Treadmill

The evolution from crippled to handicapped to differently abled—and why no such term is likely to stick around long.

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