I have a friend who has been complaining about people using this word and how offensive it is to her and I saw this blog post shared on facebook and wanted to share it here. It is written by Phoebe on her blog Herding Cats.
I think this is brilliant and should hopefully put the end to people mis-using the word retarded. Please be considerate people and share the word.
Sometimes, I let it slide. I realize that it’s a word that’s
ingrained in our society’s vocabulary and people use it without a second
thought to its meaning.
But what does it mean to be retarded? Well, I know what it doesn’t mean.
It doesn’t mean not being able to choose something for lunch despite 100 choices in front of you.
It doesn’t mean not being able to find your car keys.
It doesn’t mean saying the wrong thing to a person.
It doesn’t mean forgetting your best friend’s birthday.
It’s not something to describe yourself as when you’ve spilled your coffee, or tripped on a crack in the sidewalk.
It’s not something to describe your computer, car or phone.
According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary the word “retarded” means -
: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress
For me, it’s not just any old word – it’s my daughter. My beautiful,
bright, happy, loving, amazing daughter who is slow or limited in
intellectual development and academic progress.
In our household, being retarded means something different.
It means not being able to fully care for yourself.
It means not understanding what the doctor is going to do to you.
It means not being able to explain what hurts when something hurts.
It means not being able to ride a two wheeler. Or read. Or ever be able to live on your own.
But ever the optimist, I also know that retarded means…
…never realizing the negativity behind the word retarded.
…never knowing the insensitivity surrounded the word’s usage.
…never realizing the ignorance of people.
…never knowing how other people view you.
Being retarded also means…
…finding joy in the smallest of things.
…not realizing that there are limitations.
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