Skip to comments.Hank Johnson forswears the word ‘midget’
Posted on 12/13/2012 2:12:49 PM PST by Gil4
Turns out, the language one uses in speeches on the House floor is no small matter. Rep. Hank Johnson (D-Ga.) today apologized for using what he terms the m-word during a speech the previous evening.
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Was he describing himself as an “intellectual midget”????
It’s been replaced by the term “fidget” since at least the 1930s.
Dwarfism on the other hand is a problem with the gene for bone elongation and there is still no known cure.
The politically correct name is: Freaks of nature.
The jokes just write themselves on this one? :-)
Your Pal, Hank the mental midget.
Durn your hide you beat me to it! I was about to post a “Day is Figits” comment.
So I guess dwarf-tossing is right out??
The decline in the midget population has all but decimated the midget training industry.
LOL! Excellent response.
The nice thing about midgets is that they are quite light, so a concentrated grouping of them is less likely to cause an island to tip over than for the “Big People”.
If “midget” is now politically incorrect, shouldn’t the word “giant” also be? A couple of professional sports teams will have to change their names.
For anyone out there who thinks he or she is NOT a dwarf, the definition is 4'10" or less.
That means we have a lot of dwarves out there on FR and they should learn to hold their heads high, their backs straight, and smile.
A major center for dwarves is Southern Indiana. Indiana University does major studies into dwarfism in humans and in animals. Seymour, Indiana's downtown is pretty much owned by a dwarf. There are others ~ just all over the place!
Then, there's Helsinki, Finland. That's the other end of the flight between the two dwarfism research capitals of the world, Indianapolis and Helsinki.
I've heard you can count on 1 or 2 authentic dwarves on every direct flight, or dog-legged flight through Detroit between those two cities. And lots and lots of short blue eyed blonds ~ huge numbers in fact.
Can you breed dwarves and make successively smaller and smaller ones?
Most primal dwarves have sufficient problems it's not likely they will have any children anyway.
The genetic change in one of the 5 categories involves a single base-pair ~ and it can occur to any line at any time ~ I think there's a fixed percentage, like 1 out of so many million. These are called spontaneous mutations. There are only a few hundred primal dwarves on the entire planet so this is not a common sort of thing.
There are entire groups of people who are of smaller than average stature who are not classed as dwarves by most folks ~ even though they may be shorter than 4'10". Pygmies may be found in the Philippines, parts of Africa (two varieties ~ one of them possibly ancestral to all human groups), in the Amazon, some islands in Indonesia, and in the Arctic. There you find a higher incidence of dwarfism among some Sa'ami, and, of course, the Eskimo.
Over the years I've known many such people. They're just like you and I except they use strap on extender peddles to drive their cars, and will always have extra mirrors. Remember the ladies who seem scrunched down in the seats of their small cars? Them too!
The lifespan for most dwarves seems to be shorter ~ Sandy Ottenbacher died at 18; Stephanie Takala disappeared from the records 25 years back; couple of other highschool friends fell into the category ~ Lanny Green, ... Steph was lucky ~ she didn't have any physical problems ~ just smaller all around ~ clear blue eyes, platinum blond ~ Northern Sa'ami I believe ~ but so short she had trouble with stairs and cars. Reverend Keppel and one of his sons were also dwarves, as was his father.
Then there are the Jewish dwarves from Louisville KY. They are well known in Seymour, Indiana.