What is a Special Brother...?

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Or Sister, I suppose?
in The Tree House by Sir William Arbuthnot of Kittybrewster G2G6 Pilot (166k points)
I've heard it used as a polite way of referring to the mentally deficient.
Hi Sir William, What is the context?
Dead person. Report in newspaper. Pre deceased by ......... (Relations), survived by ........... (Relations).      Louisiana.
The term "special" came into use in the United States as a a term to refer to a person with some sort of mental handicap in the late 20th century. If the article appeared before 1970, I would say that that meaning should not be ascribed to the term.  Some fraternal orders referred to Specials, but can't tell from the short description.  Please message me with the complete quote and I'll see if I can come up with something.

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I have never heard that expression before but there is a book called Special Brothers and Sisters which shares tales of siblings with special needs, serious illness or disability.
by Iain Cooke G2G6 Mach 1 (10.2k points)
Oh. I have one of those. Maybe I am a special brother to everybody.

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