The R Word


The older I get, the more underwhelmed I am at those who use the word “retard” in a derogatory way.

Maybe that’s just me.

Like many of you, I have known retarded people in my life, some of whom function more efficiently than the rest of us in our daily lives. It is my hope that some day in the distant future that the “r-word” becomes the blight using the “n-word” has become, or words that are derogatory to various ethnicities.

Maybe it’s just me conceding to political correctness. But my thinking is if we’re going to reduce the acceptable range of words being used, let’s get rid of the r-word. I find it just as obscene as some of those other words we’re not supposed to be using.


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