How Hard Is It To Simply Choose Another Word?

Because there is such a thing as mental retardation, and those with developmental disabilities have feelings, as do their families, wouldn't it be the kind thing to do to simply choose another word to use other than "retarded?" I don't know about you, but "Stupid" works for me, and I don't really care if stupid people are offended or not.

onlinegrandpa onlinegrandpa
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15 Responses Feb 26, 2010

We do tend to be insensitive, don't we, especially when we factor in humor. Remember Howard Stern calling Florida Air in DC to ask how much a ticket costs to the 14th Street Bridge? That was one of the most insensitive things I've ever heard, but also one of the funniest. I also think we tend to make "jokes" about the things we fear most, so maybe that has something to do with it. However, I'll just follow my dad's teachings........."Pay the hell attention to what you say in public."

Sweet!<br />
No wonder she's your bestest. I love that!

My best bud at school is a 30 year veteran of Sped Ed.....she calls her room "The Mother Ship'.

So very true, Grandpa.<br />
When I was growing up, we were not allowed to say "stupid" or "shut up."<br />
hehe...I remember my mom saying "people aren't stupid, they just do stupid things."

I'd like to amend my original statement to say.......We shouldn't make fun of anyone, ever, for any reason. What we should be doing is loving one another, taking care of one another, and treating each other with respect.

Not in my house!<br />
We need to teach our children the ABC'and E's.<br />
Empathy.

Ernie makes an excellent point...SPED was the PC term and now kids taunt each oher with the term.

"Having the helmet."<br />
I've never heard that before. But I did have a little guy once, who did have to wear a padded helmet.<br />
Born with Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, he had no sense of physical danger. We had to keep an eye on him every minute. And man, he was faster than a speeding bullet!

I've wondered this very thing and when I was working on my Masters in Education we discussed this in a special ed training class. No one really had a good answer, but one man who does volunteer work with these kids said they are able to raise a lot more money if they use the word "retarded" in their fund raising attempts, which I find pretty interesting.

Yes, interesting. What if we said "crippled?"

Great post, Grandpa. Having worked with many children with special needs, "retarded" makes me cringe every time I hear it. Development Disorder is usually the term used in the field. People who casually throw "retarded" around would be greatly humbled by some of the special people I have had the pleasure to know.<br />
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Bill, you never cease to make me laugh. Apples and oranges, no. Bananas!!!!!

I anxiously await the passing of the next 12 months, too.

Apples and Oranges. I've searched through your posts and can't find any comment decrying the attacks on Palin and her son....<br />
Zerobama?.. He doesn't represent my values nor my views... Can't wait for the next 12 months to pass. Bill n Va.

Where was my outcry? Really? The same place it always is. Finding some language offensive or insensitive has nothing to do with my politics.<br />
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Just like, when you're referring to the President of the United States, it's President Bush or President Obama. Using the word "President" shows respect for the office.

OLGP... where was your outcry when all the libs were shouting that at Palin?.. Oh.. she's a conservative woman.. Apparently they don't deserve the same respect as those "you" chose to protect from hate speech... Go figure... Liberals with forked tongue... Bill in Va.

good god ... is everything allays about you? Grow up and start actin like a man ... find some friends ... try bein human - instead of a troll. Your comment has no place on this story.

mentally challenged / intellectually challenged.