Yeah I knew it, I just knew it. I have always said it was stupid to make retarded a bad word just because people were using it as a term. Now people are starting to use autism as a term. I bet that fifteen years down the road, autism will become an offensive word and people start calling it something else like they have with mental retardation. I think people will just keep using disability names as terms before they become offensive by society.
I even wonder when retarded started to be used as a phase, I know it was around when my parents were kids because she told me kids used that word as a term when she was little. But back when I was a kid, that word was still being used for mental retardation and people took less offense to it. Still is in our country I think but in other countries like the UK or Australia, they call it learning disability in the UK, intellectual or cognitive disability in Australia. Now today say retarded as a medical word when you are talking about MR, people take offense to it which is just silly. Even my high school called it something else and what was annoying was they wouldn't even help me remember what it was called but instead they rather get on my back about the word when I be talking about retarded people. I have very low tolerance for stupidity and that's what all these people are for turning that into a bad word and getting on my back about it and getting all offended by it when I am not even using it as an insult.
C mon I grew up being called retarded and it doesn't even bother me when I hear it. I got over it thanks to seeing lot of kids and teachers being called that in my school and they were all normal. I hear kids saying to each other "That is so retarded" "he is retarded" "she's retarded." That word had become a fad in my school. First it was "gay," then it was "retarded." I was never offended by the term, in fact I used to be confused when I hear it wondering why does someone think that person is retarded. Then I got told it was a figure of speech and after being told that every time, I stopped thinking of mental retardation. I started to think of the term.
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