Has anyone else ever wondered why “cripple” is a horrible thing to call someone, but “invalid” isn’t? Perhaps I should look up the etymology of cripple…. Thank goodness for Wordnik (if you haven’t tried it, you should!) – apparently it comes from the Old English crypel. Thanks…that clears it right up. Obviously, that is much more objectively offensive than being referred to as “lacking force, weight, or cogency.” I’m not advocating that we start calling people names that will offend them simply because I disagree with the way in which the language has evolved. In fact, it seems better not to call people names of any sort at all. I don’t want to be labeled based on a physical characteristic, and I don’t imagine anyone else does either. But. If we’re determined to be politically correct about everything, couldn’t we demonize a word that already has negative connotations? Or better yet, let’s not demonize words. What did they ever do to you anyway?