Before this week that word was probably unknown to most people.
It was used by a psychologist this week in asserting that a teenager from a wealthy Tarrant County family should not be sent to prison for killing four people while driving drunk last summer near Burleson.
The teen, who admitted to driving drunk and causing collisions that killed the people, was sentenced Tuesday to 10 years probation.
Psychologist Gary Miller, called by the defense, pointed to “affluenza," which was used to describe a condition in which children from wealthy families can get a sense of entitlement and make excuses for poor behavior.
But Dr. Gary Buffone, a Jacksonville, Fla., psychologist, told The Associated Press Thursday that the term wasn’t meant to be used as a defense in a criminal trial or to justify such behavior.
“The simple term would be spoiled brat,” he said.
Families of the victims are outraged that the teen would not be doing hard time. Read more in this report from the AP's Ramit Plushnick-Masti.
-- Bill Miller