TheSwissNavy: I've heard that word used as a slur or insult, for 50 years, and not once did I or anyone in my circle of friends think it referred to Autism. It's not the n-word.
Snotnose: If a mentally challenged person is late is it still ok to call them tardy?
Watt Durden: How long before they have to strike the word disabled from the books because it has become a slur? Any word used for flappers and droolers is going to become a slur.
HairBolus: There is some name for this in linguistics where a nice neutral term like "retarded" is chosen to replace derogative terms like "moron" and "idiot", but it over time becomes mainly "bad".
Glancing Blow: Political Speak 101"It's not about political correctness," he said. "It's not about being social police. It's about doing the right thing - it's about respect."
Sudo_Make_Me_A_Sandwich: Watt Durden: How long before they have to strike the word disabled from the books because it has become a slur? Any word used for flappers and droolers is going to become a slur.How dare you sir. They're not disabled - they're just differently-abled.
mattharvest: Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand"
Deoan: Any time we use a word to describe a group of people, that word becomes associated with that group, and then becomes offensive. Retarded means slow, they are generally mentally slower, and so it becomes an apt descriptor. In 30 years the words "Special", "*insert race here-American", and "same-sex" will be offensive, because kids will start using them on the playground as insults. Can't we just, as a society, stop taking so much offense before our whole damn language is a blacklist?
hej: If you rounded them all up and kept them in a giant underground kennel, this whole thing would immediately become a non issue.
OhioUGrad: I've always just said republican.
HairBolus: There is some name for this in linguistics where a nice neutral term like "retarded" is chosen to replace derogative terms like "moron" and "idiot", but it over time becomes mainly "bad".I've heard that this is the case in Turkish for words meaning "cucumber". The problem is that what ever the current word for cucumber is it becomes slang for "penis" - so much so that proper women can't use it in polite society. So a new polite word is chosen for "cucumber" and the whole cycle repeats.
Holy Crap: This happened with "idiot," which used to be the preferred medical term, and at different times it also happened with several other terms. Whatever replaces 'retarded' is probably going to be almost instantly co-opted to mean the same thing in popular usage, and in a few years the whiny coonts who are getting upset by a spade being called a spade are going to be demanding that whatever replaces 'retarded' be replaced itself.I managed to find this out with about two minutes of research the last time this exact issue came up, which is why I find it kind frustrating that these farking retards can't do the same.
havocmike: I've got a feeling that in about 30 years, I'm going to be considered an asshole because I still call objects "gay" and "retarded", even when they're clearly not capable of being either.Circle of life, I suppose.
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