The elimination of the word “RETARD” from the vernacular.
Shocking, attention getting, and a definite step in a more serious direction, this attempt by the group “Spread the Word to End the Word” (I assume that by “the word” they mean “retard”) to bring the discussion of eliminating the use of the word “retard” is more than just some fringe battle being engaged in by stuck up word police types.
Check out the public service announcement:
While I understand the point behind the whole “Let’s stop saying retard” movement (publicly it is a whole thing about preserving the self-esteems of broken children but deep down I feel it is really all about the fragile egos for whatever reason shamed by their offspring) I find the premise of this video flawed.
I really do not feel that when people in this day and age are using the word “Retard”, they really are not talking about people (particularly children) with mental handicaps.
When you say the word “nigger”, “spic”, “chink”, or “kike”, there really isn’t any other meaning behind what you are saying besides insulting the race of the person you are speaking to…
But when you say that someone is a “retard”, the odds are overwhelmingly in the camp of it not being a person of severely diminished mental faculties that you are saying that to… most likely you are yelling at one of your friends for doing something less than smart thus opening them up for ridicule and poking fun.
Is it a nice word?
That’s why you don’t see that word being tossed around in professional settings (when I was growing up, for example, the word “mental retard” was common in describing mentally handicapped people in places like school. As I got older though, the language changed and the individual conditions were now the reference point for the formerly referred to as “mental retards”).
But it has been relegated to a word that solely exists in the slang vernacular and means that someone is being less than smart.
But to say that its use has to be outlawed like the name of Lord Voldemort is just madness.
Besides… we are dealing with a word that is said to be hurting the feelings of people that really don’t do too much heavy lifting when it comes to the brains… just don’t tell them what the word means and they will never get their feelings hurt because of it…
Not like they would look it up or anything.