People may say it’s because I’m “offended.”
I’m really not.
But I’ll be the first to say that many are. Lots of people in the special needs community get terribly offended when they hear the word “retarded.” They have their, likely justified, reasons. I’m just not. I’m still relatively new here, you know?
But I will give out this helpful public service announcement:
When you use the word “retarded” derogatorily (and honestly, with its connotation, it’s basically always derogatory), it just reflects poorly on you.
You don’t come off well.
You could, and likely are, a wonderful, hilarious, kind, loving person. You probably love people who have special needs and don’t think negatively about them or ever make fun of them. You’re great. But you’re using words and making jokes that most mature and self-reflecting people gave up before they went off to college or joined the adult world. So, it’s really just for your own benefit that you stop.
It’s not for me. It’s for you.