Posted By Darian Rachal
James, referring to a mentally retarded person as a retard is certainly out of line if it's used in a derogatory manner. I can envision a person "not knowing better" using the term and not meaning anything malicious by it. I'd probably be inclined to properly correct them.Originally Posted by James Brown
I'm calling BS on this. You may be crass and churlish Richard, but there is no way I believe you would call an actual learning-impaired child a retard. Either to his or her face, or when in a serious conversation about the child, or within ear shot of the child's mother.
Even you recognize that this word, like so many others from our youth, has evolved out of polite discourse. Jim
Now if someone finds the term mentally retarded offensive, TFB!