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    Hi.

    Here is the citation by John Ford, "We're not lost. We're locationally challenged."
    Do you have any clues what the phrase 'locationally challenged' might mean?

    Thanks in advance.
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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    Yes. It means 'lost'. It's rather like saying, "I'm not lost; it's just that I don't know where I am"

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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    Quote Originally Posted by AlexAD View Post
    Hi.

    Here is the citation by John Ford, "We're not lost. We're locationally challenged."
    Do you have any clues what the phrase 'locationally challenged' might mean?

    Thanks in advance.
    Alex.
    It's an attempted humorous version of "I'm not short; I'm just vertically challenged" which, in turn, is a criticism of new PC labels like 'hearing-challenged' for 'deaf' or 'motivationally-challenged' for 'lazy'.
    (Actually, I sometimes find it difficult to tell which are of these terms are meant seriously, and which are parodies.)

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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    This definition may help.
    Last edited by 5jj; 03-Aug-2012 at 11:22.

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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    Yes, I was confused because the adverb challenged appears not to have its origin from the verb challenge which made some difficulties for me to understand that phrase.

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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    NOT A TEACHER


    Hello, Alex:


    According to dictionary.com, this practice of "adverb + challenged" started in the United States during the

    early 1980's.

    Many times, it is used in a humorous or sarcastic manner, as in Mr. Ford's example.

    I am very (very!) stupid when it comes to mathematics (and most other subjects), but I prefer to think of

    myself as mathematically challenged.


    HAVE A NICE DAY!

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    Default Re: Locationally challenged

    In addition to all the previous responses, the term "challenged" used in that form is currently and frequently the politically correct replacement for "handicapped".

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