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Wednesday, December 28, 2005

The Spazz Wheelchair

Disabled people in the UK are understandably offended by the launch of The Spazz Wheelchair by American wheelchair manufacturer Colours in Motion. The company apparently claims that Spazz is synomynous with 'cool' and 'wild' in the US, while here in the UK its a pretty rude derogatory term for a disabled person, a vernacular derivitive of 'spastic'.

Amazed that the company didn't think to do a little market research before the product's UK launch, disabled consumers were even more flabbergasted to read the advertising blurb: Have you been dreaming of that unique custom wheelchair that would not cost you an arm and a leg?

I kid you not.

7 Comments:

  • At 11:09 PM, Blogger Solomon Grundy said…

    Nope, spaz means spastic here, too. I guess certain fratboy types use it affectionately, but that's comparable to lager-louts calling each other "pikeys" in the UK.

     
  • At 11:38 PM, Blogger Neda Cole said…

    huh. perhaps among disabled people in california 'spaz' is a endearing term of comradery.

     
  • At 2:32 AM, Anonymous mobility aids said…

    Spazz wheelchair helps elders manage task and live life at home. This aid is very important to them to make their life easier. It’s so nice that it is already available online.

     
  • At 6:10 AM, Anonymous Generic Xanax said…

    Respect to UK people. I'm working with them for a few years and very happy, because they are good partners!

     
  • At 11:21 AM, Anonymous Viagra Online said…

    That is indeed an awful name for a chair, I remember when the chair hit the market in UK, absolute chaos.

     
  • At 2:08 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    goodluck to spazz wheelchair...:)

     
  • At 11:47 AM, Anonymous pharmacy said…

    psss wow they very offensive... you said americans like if america were just united states, second the USA people are like children, they cry about everything... and USA sucks.

     

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