Origin of spazaltered from spastic
When you start flailing your arms and shouting nonsense, this is an example of a situation where you spaz.
or spazz Often Offensive Slang
intransitive verbspazzed, spazz·ing, spazz·es
Origin of spazShort for spastic spasm
Offensiveness differs between the UK and the US: it is quite offensive in the UK, while generally mildly offensive or inoffensive in the US.
It is most widely used as a playground term of abuse, both of people with disabilities and children generally. Among adults, particularly in the United States, it can be seen as gentle ribbing or self-deprecation, as in the Tiger Woods quote, but can cause offense, and is recommended against in public.
(third-person singular simple present spazzes, present participle spazzing, simple past and past participle spazzed)
- A decade later, Woods was accused of being insensitive to those with disabilities when he used the word "spaz" in an interview.