OhioUGrad: I've always just said republican.
Cup_O_Jo: I think what is wrong with people today is political correctness.
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".
vudukungfu: mattharvest: Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand"citation?
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.
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.
jaybeezey: OhioUGrad: I've always just said republican.I've always just said democrat.See how lazy that joke is?
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?
mattharvest: Handicapped: derives from the phrase "cap in hand"
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."
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?
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