The word "geriatric" refers to old people. There was a popular music band in the 1960s called "Gerry and the Pacemakers". I imagine Gerry would be quite old by now.
Another word, "midget", is used to describe short people. Another luminary from the world of popular music is Midge Ure, who had, amongst others, a hit record with "If I Was" in 1985. He wasn't the tallest person in the world.
I believe popular culture is affecting our language (and who knows what other aspects of our everyday lives) more than any of us would care to imagine.
Or perhaps the influence is working the other, or indeed both, ways?
Answers on a postcard, please.