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This is going to sound really horrid of me, so let me say up front, I'm sorry...

But what is the PC term for "midget" or "little person?"

I've only ever met one "little person" and that was a one time thing, so I don't have anyone "official" to ask. I'm sure midget isn't a term most of them like, but little person sounds offensive as well... So what is the "proper" term?

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SabrinaMBowen

Asked by SabrinaMBowen at 9:52 PM on Oct. 17, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Little person. Midget is very much NOT okay.
    Ginger0104

    Answer by Ginger0104 at 9:54 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Midget
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    The term can be either dwarf or midget. It is not a derrogatory or improper term or word. Midget has been used as an alternate to Dwarf. Unless you have heard a new word, I would go with midget.
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 10:02 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • Someone in our town put on her yahoo profile that she is a dwarf. So I am going to say that dwarf might be the more proper term. I didn't know what word to use in front of or with her either...till now.
    CoCoMom89

    Answer by CoCoMom89 at 10:02 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • As really totally horrible as it sounds, I believe the proper term is dwarf.
    lovinangels

    Answer by lovinangels at 10:08 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • Dwarf means "small". How bad can that be?
    kerp1960

    Answer by kerp1960 at 10:12 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • I've watched that show with the dwarf couple. I can't remember what it's called right now, but they refer to themselves as "little people"
    Kword

    Answer by Kword at 10:12 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • I believe that the most PC term for anyone is their name, start by asking that first, then ask how they like to be addressed, :)
    kiwigoddess

    Answer by kiwigoddess at 10:14 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • Midget is deffinatly NOT PC Kerp. Most of them prefer little person, person of short stature, or dwarf. I agree with kiwi goddess though, I would use their name if you are referring to someone.
    -crunchy-mama-

    Answer by -crunchy-mama- at 10:25 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • little person usually. Dwarf would probably be ok since dwarfism is usually the medical condition.
    MissAlisabeth

    Answer by MissAlisabeth at 10:35 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

  • We go with "little person", midget IS offensive.
    matthewscandi

    Answer by matthewscandi at 10:51 PM on Oct. 17, 2010

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