Thread: Why are we allowed to say dumb & lame, but not retarded?

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    • 3 years 1 month ago
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    According to their strictest definition, dumb means unable to talk and lame means unable to walk. Why aren't people crying for them to be banned in public usage too? They are both used as an insult and they are still used to refer to the conditions in some cases in literature.

    Isn't it a bit like saying "let's protect the mentally challenged, but screw the mute and crippled"?
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      • 3 years 1 month ago
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      I know its retarded.
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        • 3 years 30 days ago
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        I think you can say "retarded", just not around those who are. It can lead to trouble. It's just like you can say "queer", but not around those who are.
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          • 3 years 30 days ago
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          *wags finger* no, it's not really acceptable to say "the R word" any more. There's been a lot of attention on it lately.

          And queer? Are you Archie Bunker?
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            • 3 years 30 days ago
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            There are other words like dumb and lame. Such as moron and idiot.

            Thinking about those words, I think "retarded" offends people because it became used in the vernacular as a derogatory word before it was fully obsolete as a legit medical term.
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              • 3 years 30 days ago
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              Are you Archie Bunker?

              Yes. Excuse me while I go to the "terlet".
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                • 3 years 30 days ago
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                My brother is mentally challenged and had to endure being called a retard for years. He isn't classified as being retarded, but you know how kids can be. As with anything its all about context. Just trying to ban a word is silly. This includes the others that people want to ban. I won't list them because people have been banned here for using them.

                BTW when did the world "cunt" get banned? I know it demeans women, but calling it "the C world" is just retarded......I mean "the R world".
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                  • 3 years 29 days ago
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                  Yes. Excuse me while I go to the "terlet".
                  lol
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                  calling it "the C world" is just retarded......I mean "the R world".
                  lol

                  Read the John Franklin Stephens letter about the word "retarded". That explains it pretty well. What he says is basically, don't use this word that describes me, as an insult.

                  I remember hearing about how offensive "cunt" is...well, it might have been around 2007. That's when 30 Rock had an episode all about it. I've never watched that show but the time frame seems about right.

                  I don't quite get it either. I fully understand Tina Fey's experience and that she was upset. But for everybody to take that on seems strange. "Cunt" is a body part. It's the same as calling somebody "prick", "dick", "asshole", "pussy", whatever. If "cunt" is not allowed, I don't see why whatever rule this is doesn't apply to any of those other words. I try to avoid using those words as insults, because the underwear area rules. Especially pussies. If somebody is being a wuss, weak, lily-livered coward, why would I want to say, "You are the most awesome thing in the world"?

                  IMO "bitch" is much worse. Used as an insult, it implies that to be a woman is to be a lesser animal and to be a woman is bad. It can be reclaimed, though, which is great.
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                    • 3 years 29 days ago
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                    You are all ridiculous
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                      • 3 years 29 days ago
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                      The internet isn't feeling so PC about it:



                      That's your first image when you Google "retards".
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                        • 3 years 29 days ago
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                        You are all ridiculous

                        no u
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                          • 3 years 11 days ago
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                          it's getting that way with the word 'fat' too..it's okay if you don't want to date an overweight woman but dont say you won't date a fat woman.actually having a preference at all is taboo now days.(discrimination)..isn't that retarded? and actually who cares about being politically correct..i don't...
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