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Have you ever used the word “retard” to refer to someone in a derogatory way?

Response Percent Votes
Yes
 
75% 903
No
 
24% 296
Total 1199

Comments

Bladerunner 5 years, 1 month ago

What kind of retarded poll question is that?

Dixie Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

im with harley on this one, how else can you use the R word...walk up to some lady and say wow i love your dress it makes you look so RETARDED...id rather hear a vulgur word come out of someones mouth than that word.

Dixie Jones 5 years, 1 month ago

im with harley on this one, how else can you use the R word...walk up to some lady and say wow i love your dress it makes you look so RETARDED...id rather hear a vulgur word come out of someones mouth than that word.

Boston_Corbett 5 years, 1 month ago

As long as I can call the Ron Paul supporters Paultards.

sourpuss 5 years, 1 month ago

So "dumb" has transcended its original meaning, but "retarded" can't. Okay. Words are just words, people, even the most "vile" of them.

CLARKKENT 5 years, 1 month ago

the people trying to do away with this word, need to get a life. this is just "retarded"

grammaddy 5 years, 1 month ago

Only when referring to the Retardican party. I know I know, that's not very PC of me, huh? So sue me.

alm77 5 years, 1 month ago

I broke the habit when I embarrassed myself by using it the wrong way in front of my pastor who had spent his life raising/fostering mentally retarded children and working for ARC (Association of Retarded Citizens). That'll cure ya in a hurry!

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

no. my mother would've slapped me or my brother upside the head had we used that terminology. it was never acceptable in our household. now i am a mother and i don't allow my children to use it. there are far too many more descriptive words in the english language to utilize when describing someone acting silly, goofy, stupid, ignorant, asinine, etc. no need to use a term which is associated w/ folks who were born w/ developemental disabilities.

K_Verses_The_World 5 years, 1 month ago

Broken words never meant to be spoken

Bob Dylan - Everything is Broken

pmsharp 5 years, 1 month ago

No worse than using the "S" word (Stupid)!!!!

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 1 month ago

I think the 25% are lying... and the word "retard" means... "re·tard   /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA –verb (used with object) 1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. –verb (used without object) 2.to be delayed. –noun 3.a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine."

This definition doesn't say anything about people...

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 1 month ago

I think the 25% are lying... and the word "retard" means... "re·tard   /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA –verb (used with object) 1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. –verb (used without object) 2.to be delayed. –noun 3.a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine."

This definition doesn't say anything about people...

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 1 month ago

I think the 25% are lying... and the word "retard" means... "re·tard   /rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled[ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA –verb (used with object) 1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede. –verb (used without object) 2.to be delayed. –noun 3.a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine."

This definition doesn't say anything about people...

jonas_opines 5 years, 1 month ago

Not really. I've always found it to be a cumbersome word that just sounds dumb. I much prefer "idiot" or "idiotic" myself. Better ring to it. 'Course, that one probably had a similar origin, too, but my resistance to "retard" has always been aesthetic and not etomologic in nature.

Kat Christian 5 years, 1 month ago

Well I think those who use the R word are insensitive. They've never had a close relationship to the special population. I had a sister with downs syndrome and I remember her telling us in tears that someone called her the R word. It was very hurtful to her. So in my family we did not use that word because we knew the significance of it. I'd rather say knucklehead if I'm referring to someone less intelligent, but by no means are the special population idiots. They have more heart and insight into life than most "so-called" average person. Perhaps some of these young people who use this word might end up having a special child which would make them understand the real negativity of this word. God works in mysterious ways. Think twice before using this word.

Kat Christian 5 years, 1 month ago

I like that word jagaloon. Good choice dude

Kat Christian 5 years, 1 month ago

I like that word jagaloon. Good choice dude

Sharon Aikins 5 years, 1 month ago

Like everything else in life, when we can't find something intelligent to say, we challenge the intelligence of the other person. Having had a "retarded" child and having spent a lot of time with numerous other children who could also be so termed, I have never found it funny. When I hear it coming out of someone's mouth, one look usually confirms that the person uttering it should have been in the same special ed class as my child who was smart enough to know that you don't gain anything by trying to make the other person look bad to make yourself look better (?). I have used the word "stupid" because it covers such a large portion of society that I can't offend that many people, can I? Oh, I'm such an idiot! I've been known to say that the only stupidity I can tolerate is my own. My "retarded" son might have been that but he wasn't stupid, thank God.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

sundance, the point of this thread was not who has EVER used that word-- but who has used it in a derogatory context. anyone who has ever played a musical instrument and learned to play music has used the word retard/ritard.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

echo? what echo?

what echo?

what echo?

what echo?

BadAssterson 5 years, 1 month ago

Stan Smith of "American Dad" was able to use it in a complimentary way while patching things up with his wife in one episode.

Stan: "If being stupid makes you beautiful, then I think you're down right retarded!"

Leslie Swearingen 5 years, 1 month ago

Actually, I have never used that word. I use other words and phrases. For example, I might say that the driver in front of us is being creative. Or, is someone who can "think quick on their butt." Word use changes so over time. When I was a child the word gay meant happy, a fag was a cigarette, we said problem instead of issue.

monkey_c 5 years, 1 month ago

23% of respondents are lying retards

classclown 5 years, 1 month ago

How long until every letter in the alphabet is used to represent a suddenly taboo word?

PC running amuck yet again.

gsxr600 5 years, 1 month ago

Looks like 24% of people are lying in this poll.

somedude20 5 years, 1 month ago

now, does the "R" word sound better with a Boston accent. Retahdid

http://home.earthlink.net/~lnkn/retarded.wav

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

py, i liked your post. your a smart one i tell ya. :)

i have always tried to urge my children to expand their vocabularies. and as a result, i have gotten positive feedback from their various teachers throughout the years. a wide vocab is definitely a useful thing on so many different levels. and using "fag" to talk about gay folks, "retard" to talk about people w/ developemental disabilities and any racial slur to describe a person's skintone or ethnic makeup is so super lame-- it really puts one's limited language usage on display. i think w/ the whole "texting" generation, things may have gotten a bit worse. i am just glad that my children understand the importance of such things. they aren't perfect but they are cognizant of wordage and its effects on others.

oh, btw, f**ktard is a funny ass word! i don't use it but i get a little giggle everytime i've heard it used!

Stuart Evans 5 years, 1 month ago

so many words that are no longer acceptable in the English language once were absolutely legitimate terminology. Why do people empower these words? the N-word, the R-word, the C-word (women love that one), and the F-word (the derogatory one, not the four letter one). These are just words. Is it the vitriol behind the word that upsets you? easy, just don't listen to the person who said it. This (attempted) banning of words just makes them more powerful.

thomgreen 5 years, 1 month ago

I don't think I've called anyone a retard since I was a kid, but I have been known to tell someone their way of thinking is retarded. Not referring to a person, but their limited development in mentally grasping a subject. Such as, it's retarded to call someone a retard.

Amesmb 5 years, 1 month ago

The word itself bothers me, I cringe whenever I hear it (same as the 'N' word and others), but it's only scratching the surface of the real issue, which is that it's still widely accepted to make fun of people who have developmental disabilities. It's oh-so-taboo to make fun of a race, ethnicity, etc. but people with disabilities are still fair game, which just isn't right. They're still people who deserve respect. They can't help the way they are.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

"people with disabilities are still fair game, which just isn't right. They're still people who deserve respect. "

agreed.

middlemgmt 5 years, 1 month ago

I laughed pretty hard at "The Hangover" when he pronounced it "Ritard".

morganlefay 5 years, 1 month ago

People are way too oversensitive about the "retard" word. Geez...

morganlefay 5 years, 1 month ago

People are way too oversensitive about the "retard" word. Geez...

equalaccessprivacy 5 years, 1 month ago

I usually settle for "frighteningly ignorant" to describe all the simple-minded people around Lawrence who don't know how to mind their own business and get so hatefully aggressive they have the crude gumption to approach complete strangers on the basis of offensive stereotypes. Guess this is what Mom meant went she used to ask us if we were raised in a barn. One of the Shrivers recently said we need a civil rights movement of the heart in relation to the "R" word. I think people who would use this word or refer to just about anyone in terms of a perception of a disability are missing quite a lot in terms of heart, understanding, and intellect. At least the "R" word isn't patronizing ,and using it doesn't kiss to kill like so much of the presumptuous, unwanted, incompetent help people around Lawrence are so insistent about offering.

equalaccessprivacy 5 years, 1 month ago

I usually settle for "frighteningly ignorant" to describe all the simple-minded people around Lawrence who don't know how to mind their own business and get so hatefully aggressive they have the crude gumption to approach complete strangers on the basis of offensive stereotypes. Guess this is what Mom meant went she used to ask us if we were raised in a barn. One of the Shrivers recently said we need a civil rights movement of the heart in relation to the "R" word. I think people who would use this word or refer to just about anyone in terms of a perception of a disability are missing quite a lot in terms of heart, understanding, and intellect. At least the "R" word isn't patronizing ,and using it doesn't kiss to kill like so much of the presumptuous, unwanted, incompetent help people around Lawrence are so insistent about offering.

Calliope877 5 years, 1 month ago

sunshine_noise (anonymous) says... "Well I think those who use the R word are insensitive. They've never had a close relationship to the special population. I had a sister with downs syndrome and I remember her telling us in tears that someone called her the R word. It was very hurtful to her. So in my family we did not use that word because we knew the significance of it. I'd rather say knucklehead if I'm referring to someone less intelligent, but by no means are the special population idiots. They have more heart and insight into life than most "so-called" average person. Perhaps some of these young people who use this word might end up having a special child which would make them understand the real negativity of this word. God works in mysterious ways. Think twice before using this word."

I have a brother who is a "special needs" adult, and I use the word frequently, but not in reference to him or anyone like him. I reserve the word "retard" strictly for stupid people who should know better and retard or slow the rest of us down...hence the meaning of the word retard. It's not the word that is insensitive, it's the context some people use it in that can be insensitive.

monkey_c 5 years, 1 month ago

Consumer - I think it would be more technically correct for you to say that your hair follical's are retarded.

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 1 month ago

justfornow (anonymous) says... "It's retarded that some are posting two or three times on all the blogs." I think it's a glitch in the site. It's been happening on lots of blogs for the last several days.

Honeychild I was only pointing out that it doesn't matter how you use the word, someone will always take offense. If I'm trying to fix a clock, a gear is retarded, and I say "this is retarded". It is likely someone would be offended. It's ridiculous, I know.

Mel Briscoe 5 years, 1 month ago

true, sundance, but you are walking a tight rope... i mean, people have used the "well n*gger just means a dumb person" as if that's the context that people REALLY use it in and that it is utilized by some folks in a manner not indicative to people of subsaharan african origins. so, by proxy, it is then okay to use that word.

person A: oh quit being a n*gger!

person B: a WHAT?! what did you call me?!

person A: wait, buddy, according to the dictionary, n*gger means a stupid person.

person B: oh, so, you were just calling me stupid, you weren't referring to my dark skin or ancestory in a defammatory way?

person A: exactamundo.

person B: well... you know, i was planning on pounding you in the face but now? now i'm just going to chuckle a nice hearty chuckle because i think its darned funny to be called stupid!

hahahahahahaha!

Mandie Eutsler 5 years, 1 month ago

honeychild, that is not at all the same thing. the actual definition of retard refers to a mechanical malfunction, or a verb relating directly to an object. There is a "slang" section in online dictionaries that does describe the word as a derogatory remark toward developmentally challenged persons, however not it's intended original meaning. As far as that tightrope you speak of, I think that "gay" and "fag" would qualify. Both words meant something entirely different and took on a slangy meaning later. For example, "he's gay", is supposed to mean happy. Not anymore.

As for the word you used for comparison, it is what it is. It's a noun only, and not at all acceptable in any shape or form. *see definition below from merriam webster website...

"1 usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a black person 2 usually offensive; see usage paragraph below : a member of any dark-skinned race 3 : a member of a socially disadvantaged class of persons"

erotomania 5 years, 1 month ago

I do find the word amusing, but tend to go with inside jokes to replace the word. Too many sensitive ears around!

OldEnuf2BYurDad 5 years, 1 month ago

Yes, I've used it in the past, but am considering a permanent switch back to "spaz".

Liberty275 5 years, 1 month ago

I use it mostly to describe liberals.

Liberty275 5 years, 1 month ago

there is another word that starts with "f" and ends with "k" that when put in front of "tard" is an adequate description of about 30% of people I come into contact with.

Ricky_Vaughn 5 years, 1 month ago

I've used it, but I avoid it now. I like to think I've grown since then.

Rainydaze49 5 years, 1 month ago

No! Ill admit I used to until I heard about 'Retard Strength'. Mess around and get snapped in half....

Reuben Turner 5 years, 1 month ago

yeah i've used the word in a negative way in the past. now i only use it when the other words like, "slow, challenged, client, not right, and etc can not be understood to example whom im talking about.

George_Braziller 5 years, 1 month ago

The Journal-World sunk to a new low. I can't believe that question was even allowed into print.

shotgun 5 years, 1 month ago

Only when I'm referring to Sarah Palin.

Danimal 5 years, 1 month ago

Either 24% of us are lying, or our grandmothers have finally figure out how to use the internets.

Ron Holzwarth 5 years, 1 month ago

A long time ago, everyone that drove a Model T knew the word "retard" very well, because it was necessary to retard the spark in order to get your car started. To retard the spark, you moved one of the two levers by the steering wheel down. Then, you ran to the front of your shiny new Ford Model T and started cranking.

Modern cars retard the spark by themselves to enable the engine to start. And, we have a new invention to replace the hand crank in the front of the car, it's called a "starter".

Used in this sense, the word "retard" should not offend anyone. Notice from the definition below that the word "retard" is a verb, and not a noun.

Retard verb: , -tard·ed, -tard·ing, -tards. verb transitive: To cause to move or proceed slowly; delay or impede. verb intransitive: To be delayed. noun: A slowing down or hindering of progress; a delay. Music. A slackening of tempo. [Middle English retarden, from Old French retarder, from Latin retardāre : re-, re- + tardāre, to delay (from tardus, slow).]

kernal 5 years, 1 month ago

One day when me da walked into his bank, one of the VP's called out to him, "Hey, Retard!" , He was still laughing about it, and making her blush, until the last month of his life. He began college at 16 and was a member of Mensa, so far from being a "retard". But a great sense of humor. Sometimes derogatory words are not always meant to be malicious.

ecaldwell 5 years, 1 month ago

So here is a weird situation. I have been involved with Special Olympics for a few years now. Ihave taken the pledge to not use the R-word. I have heard speakers at events talk about how hurtful it is. My ex-husband has a girlfriend now with a severely retarded son. they regularly call him and others he is around Retards. It bothers the heck out of me and apparently they feel they have a free pass and can say it becuase she is the mother of a "retard". Am I the only person that finds this horrible? My biggest concern is that my children spend time with them.

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