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    Physically challenged

    In this post bhaisahab said "physically challenged" should not be used, but it is included in dictionaries:
    http://www.ldoceonline.com/dictionary/challenged
    http://www.oxforddictionaries.com/de...d?q=challenged
    http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/challenged

    Why?

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    Re: Physically challenged

    I thoroughly think it's a matter of taste, it's an existing term, and some people will have no problem to be called ' physically challenged ' when as some people will prefer "disabled" or something else.
    It all comes down to with whom you are speaking to.

    I'm not a teacher.

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    Re: Physically challenged

    Dictionaries don't just list terms that are recommended for use. Some terms are listed so that you can understand them if you hear ill-mannered people use them.
    But, to your question, it's unlikely that these dictionaries knew that bhaisahab believed the term should't be used.

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    Re: Physically challenged

    Under the entry "challenged" are such words as "polite expression" and "used euphemistically", are there reasons for not using it?

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    Re: Physically challenged

    They seem to be falling out of fashion nowadays.

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    Re: Physically challenged

    Every culture will have the terms it considers polite/correct and those it considers impolite/not correct.

    I have no problem with that phrase and I've never been told told that it's impolite where I live.

    To say "differently abled" seems ludicrous to me. Sounds like they have super powers. (No, I can't take the stairs, but I can fly to the second floor!). However apparently that's used in some places.

    Where I live, we most often say that someone has "a physical disability" or "a physical limitation" or "a physical challenge."
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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