The 'R' Word is now Verboten?

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    Now using the word 'retard' or 'retarded' is off limits, apparently. I guess we have to call it the 'r' word.

    Are we taking things too far? Or is we just becoming more sensitive to others?

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    Jennifer Aniston said "Yes, I play dress up. I do it for a living, like a retard."

    Advocacy groups hopped on the incident right away. The Special Olympics released a statement saying, "[We are] always disappointed when the R-word is used, especially by someone who is influential to society... the R-word, even in an off-the-cuff self-deprecating manner, dehumanizes people with intellectual disabilities and perpetuates painful stereotypes."
     
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    There doesn't seem to be a simple answer. I never liked the r-word. Mentally handicapped seems neutral but offends some and has fallen out of use. If we are all going to be pc and not offend anyone, we might as well forget about free speech. Free speech is discordant. It is a clash of concepts, it is chaotic, aggressive, noisy, sometimes stupid, and often offensive. Maybe that's why it is protected in our constitution. Pappadave.
     
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    I think we should ban the use of the non-words n-word and r-word because we all know they mean ****** and retard so its just a facsimile of ****** and retard ..".a ****** by any other name"..sort of speak
     
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    How fuckin' retarded is that?
     
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    re·tard
    1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
    –verb (used without object)
    2. to be delayed.
    –noun
    3.a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
    4. Slang: Disparaging .
    a.a mentally retarded person.
    b.a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
    5.Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.


    Retarded | Define Retarded at Dictionary.com
     
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    Retard was at one time the PC form of moron and idiot.

    Now it is not PC?

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    It is considered politically incorrect in the UK. But then, they're retarded.
     
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    RGS's vocabulary is limited enough as is, no need to take another 25% away from him with this "PC" crap.
     
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    As a special education teacher, I hate the word used as an insult. But that's my bias. However, some actions and comments are simply retarded, and they've yet to come up with an appropriate synonym. "Cognitively challenged" or "developmentally delayed" just doesn't work when you are talking about govt.pork. Lol
     
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    I prefer a gentler, kinder description.
    SHIT_FOR_BRAINS.
     

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