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    Don't be such a spa

    I'm reading an Irish book and I have found this sentence.

    The context (two frieds talking, one of them says something very silly) makes clear spa means something like silly, naive, ridiculous or something like that but I don't know how offensive this word nor do I know the exact meaning. Maybe it's Irish slang. I've been unable to find an appropriate meaning in any dictionary so I was hoping you could help.

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    Re: Don't be such a spa

    It may be an abbreviation of "spastic", which is a fairly common term of abuse among children and adolescents.

    Its use tends to be deprecated now.

    Best wishes,

    MrP

    Not a professional ESL teacher.

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    #3

    Re: Don't be such a spa

    Was it "spaz"?

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    #4

    Re: Don't be such a spa

    No, it's just as I wrote it in the thread title.

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    Re: Don't be such a spa

    Quote Originally Posted by Cristina de Felipe View Post
    No, it's just as I wrote it in the thread title.
    Urban Dictionary: spa

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    Re: Don't be such a spa

    Thanks so much Raymott. Silly me! I had looked it up there before posting my question here BUT there was some ad after the first entries so I thought that was it. Now I scrolled further down and there was the answer. Thank you all.

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