I mean yeah, the word retard has been controversial for awhile now, but awhile ago they started taking the MR out of MRDD signs in my area, so it wouldn’t surprise me in the least if even saying, mentally retarded was concerned bad taste now.
My friend works in a place like that (sorry I don’t know what they’re called) and he said that people in there call mentally retarded people cognitively deficient, which is a whole lot less concise than mentally retarded in my opinion. Also, the term mentally retarded has been used for years to be a legitimate description of people that are mentally handicapped. How long until mentally handicapped and cognitively deficient aren’t PC anymore?
I honestly don’t see the point in it, considering that people will just use any of the above terms derogatorily anyway. It isn’t the word the is used as much as the factor of malicious intent.
Thoughts? And no, “this thread is retarded” has already been said, so phooey on you.