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Q: What is a midget?

In some circles, a midget is the term used for a proportionate dwarf. However, the term has fallen into disfavor and is considered offensive by most people of short stature. The term dates back to 1865, the height of the "freak show" era, and was generally applied only to short-statured persons who were displayed for public amusement, which is why it is considered so unacceptable today.

Such terms as Little People, LP, Person of short stature or Person with a form of Dwarfism are all acceptable. Most people with Dwarfism see the word “Dwarf” as acceptable. Most people rather be referred to by their name than by a label.

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