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(Sun Sentinel)   Activists want the state to stop saying "retarded," would prefer the much more politically correct "Floridian"   (sun-sentinel.com) divider line 34
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2013-02-25 10:09:47 AM  
8 votes:
We should go back to the old terminoligy of Idiot, Moron, and Imbecile.

STOP CHANGING WORDS.  The new word will have the same meaning. And be equally offensive a decade later.
2013-02-25 11:05:52 AM  
4 votes:

OhioUGrad: I've always just said republican.


I've always just said democrat.


See how lazy that joke is?
2013-02-25 09:25:31 AM  
4 votes:
I thought we'd all agreed "Palin-American" was the new PC term
2013-02-25 10:24:00 AM  
3 votes:
So, we're going to forget all about the actual dictionary definition of the word retard and all its conjugations because somebody might get their feelings hurt?  Retarded means delayed or impeded.  What's the big deal?  Sounds like these "activists" need a hobby.
2013-02-25 10:21:05 AM  
3 votes:
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.
2013-02-25 10:20:29 AM  
3 votes:
It's a medical / technical description for those who have a learning disability; They're mentally retarded. It's a totally legitimate term and has no negative connotations, except the imagined by overly sensitive people.

In other words, no, the state should not stop using the term.
2013-02-25 10:17:05 AM  
3 votes:
That's retarded
2013-02-25 10:07:55 AM  
3 votes:
If a mentally challenged person is late is it still ok to call them tardy?
2013-02-25 04:33:33 PM  
2 votes:

Cup_O_Jo: I think what is wrong with people today is political correctness.


You do realize that "political correctness" started out as a fairly neutral or even positive term that has had its semantic scope over generalized and now is often used as a broad negative term that has lost much of its meaning?

What's next? Will "politeness" or "consideration" become pejoratives? After all, Republicans have mounted an effort to make "empathy" and "science" dirty words and have destroyed the meaning of "patriotism" and are working on "freedom"..
2013-02-25 10:29:52 AM  
2 votes:

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".


Here's the problem: almost EVERY word for "stupid" is related to the concept of mental retardation/intellectual disability/whatever.  Most of them actually originate in it.

Lunatic: deriving from the mistaken belief insanity was due to lunar influences.
Moron: used to mean, medically, someone who was 'intellectually disabled',  i.e. of an IQ below a certain threshold.
Retarded: same
Idiot: same
Infantile: same
Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand", referring to those persons who begged for money (i.e. appeared "cap in hand") due to their injuries/disabilities.

The fact is that it's intrinsically undesirable to be of such low IQ as to be 'retarded'.  It doesn't mean that person is undesirable or not, but no one would be so deluded as to pretend anyone aspired to be 'retarded' or 'intellectually disabled' or anything of the sort.  It is intrinsically insulting to be called less than smart, and that will always - in all languages and cultures - be an insult so long as intelligence has any value (see: Idiocracy).

If this succeeds, all that will happen is that kids will use the phrase 'intellectually disabled' in the same way, eventually.  Most of these words - including 'retarded' in particular - were actually introduced into the lexicon to be a PC replacement for a predecessor (retarded replaced moron, if I remember correctly) in the medical language.
2013-02-25 10:15:42 AM  
2 votes:
I've always just said republican.
2013-02-25 10:09:57 AM  
2 votes:
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."
2013-02-25 05:33:25 PM  
1 votes:

vudukungfu: mattharvest: Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand"

citation?


This page is way too farking long to actually read, but apparently this is false. It has something to do with some weird old-timey game.


http://www.snopes.com/language/offense/handicap.asp
2013-02-25 05:04:33 PM  
1 votes:

Yogimus: We should go back to the old terminoligy of Idiot, Moron, and Imbecile.

STOP CHANGING WORDS.  The new word will have the same meaning. And be equally offensive a decade later.


THIS.

Words have a natural tendency to "slide" toward their most negative meanings. Idiot, moron, and imbecile were all official classifications, and then became slurs. So we changed to to "mental retardation", "mentally retarded", and "retarded" ... which have likewise come to be viewed as derogatory terms and now their usage is considered to be politically incorrect.

So we're moving to "intellectually disabled"? Gee, that's never gonna become the slur du jour.

Fecking morons.
2013-02-25 03:13:05 PM  
1 votes:
I think "skullcrushed" would make a good term as well for those afflicted
2013-02-25 02:38:06 PM  
1 votes:

skullkrusher: royone: skullkrusher: yeah, their lives are tough and so are the lives of those who have to care for them. So if those people ask you not to use the word because it is hurtful, you're a gigantic asshole for continuing to use it.

What's the rule, exactly? Is it that I can't use any word for the condition as an insult? Or is there something special about the word "retard"?

It's an ugly word.


I see your point. An insult definitely shouldn't be ugly.
2013-02-25 01:46:14 PM  
1 votes:
Oh for fark's Sake! This is the most retarded shiat ever.

Get this, Morons, it's not the word that's offensive, it's the condition and the having to live with the condition. I have a pair of Retarded cousins (twins, didn't get enough oxygen in the womb), and their life sucks out loud in 16.7 million colors whatever word you use for their condition.  Changing the language will do precisely dick for them. This sort of busybodied PC idiocy is the functional equivalent of Facebook Slacktivism: Utterly worthless.


jaybeezey: OhioUGrad: I've always just said republican.

I've always just said democrat.

See how lazy that joke is?


Showing the sort of Originality we've come to expect from the Differently-abled there, JBZ.  Shouldn't you  be queueing up for pudding day about now?
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See, I can use the concept offensively without calling JBZ a Retard or a Republican or a Palin American.
2013-02-25 01:03:09 PM  
1 votes:
If you use the word "retard" as an insult and you're over the age of 12, you're probably an idiot.
2013-02-25 12:57:36 PM  
1 votes:
That's so disabled.
2013-02-25 11:44:35 AM  
1 votes:
I propose politics-tabians.
2013-02-25 11:04:43 AM  
1 votes:
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2013-02-25 10:52:09 AM  
1 votes:
If you rounded them all up and kept them in a giant underground kennel, this whole thing would immediately become a non issue.
2013-02-25 10:45:14 AM  
1 votes:

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?


Please, African-American List is the preferred nomenclature.
2013-02-25 10:35:33 AM  
1 votes:
Can't we just get along and go back to referring to them as  feebleminded.
2013-02-25 10:30:47 AM  
1 votes:

mattharvest: Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand"


citation?
2013-02-25 10:30:01 AM  
1 votes:

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."


Horseshait.

It's about being butthurt.
Man up nancy boys.
A tard's a tard and that is all there is to that.
The term is accurate, and correct and it stands.

Farking nation of pussies sliding down the slope to idiocracy.
2013-02-25 10:24:35 AM  
1 votes:
I thought we agreed that we was getting rid of the r-word in favor of Palin-American
2013-02-25 10:16:18 AM  
1 votes:

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.


Maybe that's because autism and mental retardation are not the same thing.
2013-02-25 10:15:25 AM  
1 votes:

Snotnose: If a mentally challenged person is late is it still ok to call them tardy?


No. The correct term would be "chronologically disabled".
2013-02-25 10:15:09 AM  
1 votes:
Fine. Go ahead and take the r-word away and replace it with "intellectually disabled." We'll just go and make a pejorative out of that.

"God, Brittney, stop being such an intel-dis!"

"Yeah, upper management has been really riding my ass lately. What a bunch of intellectual disabs!"
2013-02-25 10:14:54 AM  
1 votes:
You can call a turd a rose, but it's still gonna stink.
2013-02-25 10:14:19 AM  
1 votes:

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.


What does autism have to do with the article?
2013-02-25 10:11:43 AM  
1 votes:
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.
2013-02-25 10:10:16 AM  
1 votes:
"Euphemism is for the differently-brained."--George Carlin.
 
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