I work on cars and an engine that is out of time is retarded so I wonder if this offends you. I personally cannot stand overly sensitive PC types who take offense to everything as if it's personal. UGH. My father has been blind since birth and I could give a **** less if they call him handicapped, handicapable, visually impaired, or blind as a bat. It makes no difference to me because I know who and what he is so get over yourselves and stop the pity parties. Really? There are so many definitions of the word retarded and I don't think that it will be removed from the dictionary anytime soon. A word is just a word and should be interpreted accordingly.
And how should I interpret it when someone says "What do you think I'm retarded?" Do you think she's comparing herself to an ill-timed engine block?
I don't think so.
Here's the translation. "What, do you think I'm like one of THOSE people who is born so completely stupid she can't tie her shoes without help, or eat in a restaurant without people staring, or learn to read past a second grade level even though she has tried and practiced and never given up every day for the last four years."
If you think you can waltz on through your life saying whatever you want and feel like you are entitled to blame those who are offended by what YOU said for their insensitivity, well there's a word for those people too, and I have too much dignity to say it here. Just be prepared to live with that label because you will have earned it, unlike all the "stupid retards" out there who never did anything to deserve the judgement associated with that word.
The very second discussion thread of this forum is about maintaining a comfortable and conscientious
environment that is friendly and accepting to ALL members of this community. All I'm asking is for people to stop and think about what they are really saying and to consider that this is a large membership with varying backgrounds and that is a cruel word that is capable of causing offense. There are plenty others you can use, unless you are so privileged, you can't bother to expand your vocabulary.
How would it sound if we substituted some other words in there.
"What do you think I am, black?"
"What do you think I am, a woman?"
Does it sound complimentary yet? I didn't think so.
Now it is all fine and dandy for you to not be offended by whatever you wish, but you do NOT have the right to decide what is or isn't offensive to others. If you get called out for a careless choice of words by another, blaming them for being too touchy is not a very gracious course of action.
Think people. Otherwise you are a fool. And that is a word that implies you have a choice in your own stupidity.