insensitivity towards lame or injured people

• Used by those who may describe the fit as temporarily abled, presumably on the basis that their turn will come:

    Likewise 'ableism' or 'oppression of the differently abled ('disabled' is discriminatory) by the temporarily abled', is firmly proscribed. (Daily Telegraph, 23 January 1991, quoting from a publication put out by Smith College, Mass.)

How not to say what you mean: A dictionary of euphemisms. . 2014.

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