What you call Tiny Tim (besides “adorable”) mainly depends on your era.
4 Offensive Words That Started Out as the Polite Alternative

#2. “Handicapped”
Referring to someone with a physical disability as “crippled” sounds pretty harsh to our modern ears, but for a long, long time that was the best and only way to describe someone who had lost a limb or was otherwise physically impaired, mainly because for a long, long time we didn’t know that people had feelings. … Sometime around the early 20th century the term “handicapped” appeared, with the meaning that those so afflicted were carrying an extra burden that the rest of us didn’t. That word more or less lingers around to this day, although you probably have noticed that it’s slowly being phased out. “Handicapped” focuses pretty harshly on the negative, perhaps unfairly so. After all, if someone’s impairment isn’t a big factor in their life, if they’re good at lots of other things that aren’t walking, why does the one label they’re routinely tagged with focus on the thing they can’t do?

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What you call Tiny Tim (besides “adorable”) mainly depends on your era.

4 Offensive Words That Started Out as the Polite Alternative

#2. “Handicapped”

Referring to someone with a physical disability as “crippled” sounds pretty harsh to our modern ears, but for a long, long time that was the best and only way to describe someone who had lost a limb or was otherwise physically impaired, mainly because for a long, long time we didn’t know that people had feelings. … Sometime around the early 20th century the term “handicapped” appeared, with the meaning that those so afflicted were carrying an extra burden that the rest of us didn’t. That word more or less lingers around to this day, although you probably have noticed that it’s slowly being phased out. “Handicapped” focuses pretty harshly on the negative, perhaps unfairly so. After all, if someone’s impairment isn’t a big factor in their life, if they’re good at lots of other things that aren’t walking, why does the one label they’re routinely tagged with focus on the thing they can’t do?

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    Hmmm
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    TIL Oriental is an offensive term
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    could they really only think of 4? they could have included certain racial and homophobic/transphobic slurs that were...
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    1. Tiny Tim. 2. MUPPETS!
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    Interesting examples of the euphemism treadmill in action. (Not sure why muppets though?)
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