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Believing Is Art Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 10:48 AM
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18. It slips sometimes
I shouldn't, but, it happens. I heard it a lot as a kid and had incorporated it as an insult along with "moron," "stupid," and other such terms before I knew it was offensive to people with special needs. I managed to undo "gay" as an insult (I didn't even know what hetero- and homosexual meant by the time that was being used by kids my age), I should be able to undo this.

I also use it in some reports in a very literal sense. Like, "an adverse pressure gradient retarded the flow." I don't think that counts as derogatory, though.
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