has been used since the 18c to refer to victims of cerebral palsy and other afflictions causing spasmodic movements of the limbs. Its informal use in the generalized meaning ‘inadequate, incompetent’, with reference to people, is deeply offensive and has compromised the normal use of the word to an extent that makes it too seem derogatory now. In these circumstances a phrase such as ‘suffering from cerebral palsy’ is preferable for the adjective and ‘person with cerebral palsy’ for the noun, cumbersome as these alternatives are.

Modern English usage. 2014.

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