Mechanical

Thought for the day

Parapatetic
One who travels extensively by foot
Paraparetic
One whose lower limbs are partially paralyzed

Seems it only takes one letter to make you a cripple. Who knew?

Update: It's peripatetic. It takes three letters to make you a cripple. That's a relief! Thanks to everyone who took the time to embarrass me :)

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Seems it only takes one letter to make you a cripple. Who knew?

Three, I think, unless the UK spelling is different? I've only seen it as peripatetic.

And don't forget parapetetic (someone who likes to walk along a raised railing). I guess if a parapetetic falls, he could become paraparetic?
There is a limerick in there somewhere, dying to get out.

a brilliant young peripatetic
indulged a whim toward the parapetetic
but, alas, he was clumsy
he fell on his bumsy
and now he's a paraparetic
Awesome!

verse 2:

and because he had once been athletic
he found therapy to be rather emetic
but that's what you get
traipsing on parapet:
jaded, bitter, morose and heretic
Pedant mode:
Um, I think you'll find it's 'peripatetic'. Sorry.