A year-old New Yorker with dwarfism secretly videotaped the way people treated him for a day. The results were appalling. Thanks to one man, now anyone can see how hurtful, rude, and just plain annoying that fascination can be for people who actually have this condition. With more than 1.
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For some, the word midget is just a boring sports term. Dwarfism is a medical or genetic condition that causes some adults to grow less than four feet ten inches tall. The term midget is commonly used by hockey, football and baseball leagues to describe players in the age group. In those situations, he said, people with dwarfism were treated as objects to be stared at and made fun of. He said he remembers what it was like to hear that word as a young person, and he wants to protect future generations of athletes.
The following exchange, reprinted here in its entirety, began with an e-mail to Ebert's Movie Answer Man column. As a writer you are aware of the power of words. The use of the word midget is, for Little People, equated with any other hate word someone might use to describe a minority group. I simply ask you: if you were to see Little People children would you take away their humanity in the same way with the use of such a hate word?
Midget from midge , a sand fly  is a term for a person of unusually short stature that is considered by some to be pejorative. It may also refer to anything of much smaller than normal size, as a synonym for "miniature",  such as a midget cell , a midget crabapple , a midget submarine , MG's Midget , Daihatsu's Midget , and the Midget Mustang airplane ; or to anything that regularly uses anything that is smaller than normal other than a person , such as midget car racing and quarter midget racing ; or a smaller version of play or participation, such as midget golf ; or to anything designed for very young i. Merriam-Webster dictionary states that the first use of the term "midget" was in Midgets have always been popular entertainers, but were often regarded with disgust and revulsion in society.