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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 5:43 pm Reply with quote
Ren
 
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Dave, in yesterday's podcast you said the word "spaz" is an American slang term. However here in Germany we used the very same word, although in German, with the exact same meaning. When I was a kid in primary school (which was in the late 80s), the rude word "Spasti", the short form for "Spastiker", was very popular among us kids.

I don't know if it's still popular (probably not).

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PostPosted: Sun Sep 24, 2006 11:24 pm Reply with quote
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It sounds like your "Spasti" is the same as our "spaz."

I just meant, literally, that the word "spaz" itself is probably an Americanism; I'm sure the concept of insulting someone by calling them spastic is cross-cultural.

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