Have you ever stopped to think about the effect your words could have on other people? My oldest son, Philip, has Down Syndrome. I'd like to bring to everyone's attention how a particular word can have a very real future affect on my son, and others like him. The word is retarded. Having Down Syndrome Philip is medically termed "mentally retarded". This word started out as a medical term, but has morphed into being used as a synonym for stupid. Please realize that when you use the word retarded as a synonym for stupid, you are for all intent and purposes claiming my son as being stupid, which believe me, he's not. You may not have ever thought about it that way, I know it can be habit to use these words, but I ask you to please, think about the use of this word and what it can mean to my son, and to others like him, before you say it.Answer Question
Answer by lowencope at 8:11 PM on Jun. 19, 2010
Answer by ghostwriter777 at 8:19 PM on Jun. 19, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 8:34 PM on Jun. 19, 2010
1. a. The act or process of retarding.(to make flame retardant)
b. The condition of being retarded.
2. The extent to which something is held back or delayed.(as in flame retardant)
3. Something that retards; a delay or hindrance.(illness, chemicals that treat)
4. Mental retardation.
5. Music A diminishing of tempo; a retard.
There is so much more to this word than the mental aspect. We need to remember words do have meanings and use them appropriately.
Answer by jesse123456 at 9:20 PM on Jun. 19, 2010
Answer by Raine2001 at 11:08 PM on Jun. 19, 2010
Answer by LoriKeet at 8:56 AM on Jun. 20, 2010
Answer by scarlet_willow at 11:10 AM on Jun. 21, 2010