In a staggering miscalculation of the nation's youth, a British
kids TV programme called Blue Peter
ran an article in 1983 about a Cerebral Palsy
sufferer called Joey Deacon.
Rather than being inspired
by this heartwarming
tale of a disabled
man who had struggled all his life to come to terms with his disability
and managed to write a book about it, British children
for the next few years could be heard screaming 'Jooooeeyyyyyy' at each other, hitting the backs of their hands together, and generally rolling around in playground
s in an attempt to imply Cerebral Palsy amongst their peers.
To this day, the word 'Joey' is still used by children to mean 'disabled
' or just as a general insult