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dem629 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Mar-20-09 10:51 AM
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21. Depends on the situation.
Edited on Fri Mar-20-09 10:55 AM by dem629
But rarely would be my answer. And the main reason for that, by far, is that it's lazy. There are better and more clever and funny ways to express the idea.
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  -Do you use terms like "retard" (non) or "retarded" (adjective) derogatorily? CTyankee  Mar-20-09 10:28 AM   #0 
  - And it should be noted President Obama did not use either word  wndycty   Mar-20-09 10:29 AM   #1 
  - Exactly, if he had used such words then there should be real outrage  WI_DEM   Mar-20-09 10:33 AM   #7 
  - Also should be noted I never said that either.  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:27 AM   #29 
  - Yes, I do.  Iggo   Mar-20-09 10:30 AM   #2 
  - No, I don't  wryter2000   Mar-20-09 10:31 AM   #3 
  - There are more apt and more penetrating words to express the sentiment  depakid   Mar-20-09 10:31 AM   #4 
  - I try to call people on it whenever they use it, both here and IRL. There's no need to use those  ogneopasno   Mar-20-09 10:31 AM   #5 
  - 999 more post like this and I think the point will be made. Thanks.  peace13   Mar-20-09 10:32 AM   #6 
  - Perfect? Nope, not my goal. A little humility among those of us who are  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:32 AM   #30 
  - Of course people aren't perfect, but having it pointed out that you are using offensive term and  uppityperson   Mar-20-09 12:36 PM   #54 
     - Your comment is very rude and does not deserve a response but I will say..  peace13   Mar-20-09 03:48 PM   #73 
  - In some places, it's a localism  graywarrior   Mar-20-09 10:33 AM   #8 
  - It is a regionalism in New England.  Gormy Cuss   Mar-20-09 11:44 AM   #36 
     - It's spelled different in NE  graywarrior   Mar-20-09 11:46 AM   #38 
        - Yep.  Gormy Cuss   Mar-20-09 11:48 AM   #39 
           - We're so proud  graywarrior   Mar-20-09 11:53 AM   #41 
  - no, because I have often worked with folks with special needs  tigereye   Mar-20-09 10:34 AM   #9 
  - I can say with 100% certainty I have NEVER seen that word used derogatorily here  Peacetrain   Mar-20-09 10:34 AM   #10 
  - Does "fucktard" count?  TahitiNut   Mar-20-09 10:48 AM   #17 
  - That does count in my book..  Peacetrain   Mar-20-09 10:54 AM   #24 
     - It's interesting. I never really thought about it that way. It shows my own  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:35 AM   #32 
     - Change 1 letter (the a to a u) and its all good  Taverner   Mar-20-09 11:45 AM   #37 
  - 1,830 uses of the term 'freeptard' on DU:  Freddie Stubbs   Mar-20-09 11:04 AM   #26 
  - Deleted message  Name removed   Mar-20-09 12:37 PM   #56 
  - Most people in this country would probably just pass it over.  arcadian   Mar-20-09 10:34 AM   #11 
  - I confess...  muffin1   Mar-20-09 10:35 AM   #12 
  - There are a few posters over in the Sports Forum that love to throw  madinmaryland   Mar-20-09 10:36 AM   #13 
  - Red Sox Fans? nt  Lost in CT   Mar-20-09 02:17 PM   #68 
  - I only use it as a descriptive, as in referencing my developmentally  RaleighNCDUer   Mar-20-09 10:37 AM   #14 
  - The aglomeration of your dexterity tends to instigate me  Betsy Ross   Mar-20-09 10:43 AM   #15 
  - "...people with retardation ;;;" Is your asterisk * key broken? Can  Obamanaut   Mar-20-09 10:48 AM   #16 
  - When I worked for the center that provided for people with disabilities,  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:40 AM   #35 
     - Yeah, I "get it." I am also aware of terms such as educable mentally  Obamanaut   Mar-20-09 12:01 PM   #45 
        - Please. I was just telling you what I learned from people who themselves  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 12:25 PM   #50 
           - OK. I apologize for my tone. At one time I worked with what used  Obamanaut   Mar-20-09 01:08 PM   #57 
  - It slips sometimes  Believing Is Art   Mar-20-09 10:48 AM   #18 
  - I like retardo  ORDagnabbit   Mar-20-09 10:50 AM   #19 
  - I am disabled  Fovea   Mar-20-09 10:50 AM   #20 
  - I like your answer. Miz O "has issues" (as she likes to say) due to  Obamanaut   Mar-20-09 11:07 AM   #27 
  - " Pres. Obama is getting slammed because of our collective guilt."  nomorenomore08   Mar-20-09 03:02 PM   #72 
     - It sounds to me, from your last sentence, that you have a world of pain you do not want to  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 06:43 PM   #87 
        - Nah, not a world of pain. Perhaps a small nation-state.  nomorenomore08   Mar-20-09 08:32 PM   #88 
           - And I agree about Obama. I love him and want to see him succeed.  CTyankee   Mar-21-09 10:23 AM   #90 
  - Depends on the situation.  dem629   Mar-20-09 10:51 AM   #21 
  - When I've used "retard" in the past, it certainly wasn't intended as an  Schema Thing   Mar-20-09 10:52 AM   #22 
  - I Find Retard To Be Offensive, But Not Retarded. I'll Use Retarded Freely.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Mar-20-09 10:53 AM   #23 
  - Unfortunately, the example you used is not really helpful.  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:48 AM   #40 
     - Let Me Assure You Of Something:  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Mar-20-09 11:54 AM   #42 
        - Uh, would you use that statement in, say, a letter to the editor pointing out why Republicans are  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 12:20 PM   #49 
           - I Wouldn't Use 'Dumb' Or 'Stupid' Either.  OPERATIONMINDCRIME   Mar-20-09 04:28 PM   #75 
              - Well, we are talking about our language. If you are hesitant about using it in a public forum,then  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 06:20 PM   #85 
  - Only when people write "non" when they appear to have meant "noun"  Viking12   Mar-20-09 11:02 AM   #25 
  - I was deficient in usage of my proofreading skills! Actually, I was lazy!  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:54 AM   #43 
     - I appreciate that you can take a joke.  Viking12   Mar-20-09 12:08 PM   #48 
        - You, too, Viking!  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 12:30 PM   #52 
  - Never. nt  wtmusic   Mar-20-09 11:14 AM   #28 
  - For the Lurking Freepers who'll become Special Needs Advocates now...  40ozDonkey   Mar-20-09 11:34 AM   #31 
  - It's Also A Generational Thing...  KharmaTrain   Mar-20-09 11:37 AM   #33 
  - Are you comparing "retarded" to the "n" word?  Baikonour   Mar-20-09 11:38 AM   #34 
  - In the sense that it is an insult, yes. What I am saying is that if we would NOT use  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 11:59 AM   #44 
     - Agreed. Context is everything. "Retard," "gay," "socialist," etc  Echo In Light   Mar-20-09 12:05 PM   #46 
  - I frequently use 'retard' as a verb.  tangent90   Mar-20-09 12:06 PM   #47 
  - Nope  Dorian Gray   Mar-20-09 12:30 PM   #51 
  - Thank you. I've alerted on "retarded" posts and will be off DU is that term is ok to use, similar to  uppityperson   Mar-20-09 12:33 PM   #53 
  - yep.  dysfunctional press   Mar-20-09 12:37 PM   #55 
  - I stopped using those words when I left elementary school.  azmouse   Mar-20-09 01:12 PM   #58 
  - More appropriately, do you compare your own inept skills to a handicapped person's?  marshall   Mar-20-09 01:15 PM   #59 
  - As I understood it, "mentally retarded" is an acceptable term in the medical field...  cynatnite   Mar-20-09 01:18 PM   #60 
  - Being in the medical field, it isn't.  uppityperson   Mar-20-09 01:21 PM   #61 
  - Well, I don't know...  cynatnite   Mar-20-09 01:28 PM   #62 
  - Could be places I work/worked don't use it.  uppityperson   Mar-20-09 01:49 PM   #63 
  - Its changing. Even the venerable journal Mental Retardation changed its name to...  aikoaiko   Mar-21-09 10:36 AM   #93 
  - Developmentally delayed always sounded to my ear that someone would catch up...  Lost in CT   Mar-20-09 02:19 PM   #69 
  - No, very often children with developmental delays do catch up.  Quantess   Mar-20-09 04:01 PM   #74 
     - Well then you shouldn't call kids developmentally delayed that clearly are not.  Lost in CT   Mar-20-09 04:31 PM   #76 
        - Children with LD often have delays in some aspects of their development.  Quantess   Mar-20-09 05:20 PM   #81 
  - im sure there are some whod take offense to those as well  iamthebandfanman   Mar-21-09 10:39 AM   #94 
  - "mental retardation" refers to an individual with an IQ below 70.  Odin2005   Mar-20-09 02:22 PM   #70 
  - My cat is "Ricky Retardo"  Catshrink   Mar-20-09 01:49 PM   #64 
  - I was going to ask the same thing. It's amazing the stupid things they do.  madinmaryland   Mar-20-09 02:13 PM   #65 
  - retarded is a real word and has many uses besides mental illness  Lost in CT   Mar-20-09 02:15 PM   #66 
  - No, and I call people out here for doing it all the time  KamaAina   Mar-20-09 02:15 PM   #67 
  - Not anymore  Fleshdancer   Mar-20-09 02:24 PM   #71 
  - Nope.  timtom   Mar-20-09 04:33 PM   #77 
  - Let me check...  Kip Humphrey   Mar-20-09 04:40 PM   #78 
  - I used to, shamefully. But a couple of years ago there was a discussion of this here on DU that  Mike 03   Mar-20-09 05:06 PM   #79 
  - Occasionally.  MrSlayer   Mar-20-09 05:14 PM   #80 
  - I don't, but then there is a problem of what is left to use  treestar   Mar-20-09 05:24 PM   #82 
  - Bush et al are people who had every advantage that society offered them and scoffed  CTyankee   Mar-20-09 06:26 PM   #86 
  - People who do that are douchebags  omega minimo   Mar-20-09 06:02 PM   #83 
  - These are among the ugliest and most cowardly of slurs.  Orsino   Mar-20-09 06:09 PM   #84 
  - My kids sometimes do and I *hate* it  Nye Bevan   Mar-20-09 09:31 PM   #89 
  - Eventually even "moran" will be politically incorrect ....pffft  L0oniX   Mar-21-09 10:33 AM   #91 
  - No, I don.t. It's offensive. nt  Joey Liberal   Mar-21-09 10:34 AM   #92 
  - Speaking as a parent.  No.23   Mar-21-09 10:42 AM   #95 
  - Yes: I should be ashamed  tinkerbell41   Mar-21-09 10:43 AM   #96 
 

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