YOU’RE SUCH A BASKET CASE
I was going to write a epic description of a person to whom I would ascribe the characteristics of being a basket-case.
So, before I started, I decided to google the origins of the term in its original context.
For those weak of stomach, or just really don’t want to give yourself the heebie-jeebies (a term that I admit, I have not googled)
… You should stop reading here!
The term basket-case was first recorded on behalf of the United States Surgeon General, Major General M. W. Ireland, for a medical issue of the U.S. Command on Public Information in March 1919.
“The Surgeon General of the Army … denies … that there is any foundation for the stories that have been circulated … of the existence of ‘basket cases’ in our hospitals.”
This was a term being used – apparently in excessive poor taste- for a soldier who had lost both his arms and his legs and therefore had to be carried around in a basket.
I warned you! I told you to stop reading.
I do not think I will every even think to use said term again!
Written for and DAILY ADDICTIONS: BASKET.