From NY Times: Blake Charlton started cataloging insults in the second grade. Notable put-downs heard outside his special-ed classroom included “dimwinky,” “retardochuckles” and “the meat in the sandwich of stupid.” The last of which, if you think about it, is a seriously impressive use of metaphor for a 7-year-old. Blake learned all the jokes about dyslexia, and told them to better effect than anyone else. Making fun of himself was his best defense. The other choices — hiding from his diagnosis or accepting himself as limited — didn’t appeal.