The Edge Effect

Wednesday, April 12, 2006


Hmmm... Does this seem like a big deal to you? I mean, I'm pretty sensitive to political correctness. Being inches from a PhD in anthropology and living in this modern-day Gomorrah that passes for a liberal college town will really do that to you, no? I guess I'm vaguely aware that spaz is not a word for polite company, it isn't a word I find particularly tasteful, and I don't think I'd say it to a reporter on the record. But does spaz have a particular etymology that makes it verboten? Is it meant to refer to a particular group of people or some medical condition specifically? I've never given it much thought and I suppose I could make some guesses, but I always thought it was more of a general term like doofus.