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Delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment.
First off--I have a special needs child. He is (to use the new term) Intellectually Developmental Disabled
His IQ measures that of below normal.
According to the definition, he is retarded. And I am not offended by that.
50 to 100 years ago, the correct terms were 'idiot', 'imbecile' and 'moron'. I have never seen people feel these words to be offensive the way people want to jump all over the 'retard' word. I don't get it. The word wasn't offensive when it became the correct medical term, but now it is offense.
Why? Because people use it to describe other's stupid behaviors?
Are we going to stop saying things are "flame retardant'? Are we going to change the term "Brake retarders"?
Why aren't people offended by the use of 'idiot', 'imbecile' and 'moron'?
No matter what term becomes the 'new' term, it will eventually become the new insult.
And honestly, if your child is "Intellectually developmentally disabled", they are the definition of the 'R' word. Why does changing the term become less offensive?
I honestly don't understand and I do have a child who is, by definition, retarded. That IS the meaning of the word and has been since the 15th century!
Why are people so upset by this word!!!???
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