|02-11-2009, 10:28 AM||#1 (permalink)|
Join Date: Mar 2007
What's in a word?
On another thread, I noticed that the word 'retard' was used in a rather casual, off-hand way, so I thought I would say something on it.
I understand the term 'retard' is commonly used in the US for someone who is mentally handicapped or as a slang term to call someone stupid. I have heard it used in American movies. I realize it may have no offensive connotations for yourself and I quite understand that.
However, here, in the UK, it has a somewhat degrading, disrespectful undertone to it and is not used in everyday language.
It is the sort of word that might be used by bullies in the playground, or by uneducated bigots, who enjoy picking on someone who is different in some way, similar to calling someone a 'cripple' or a 'mongol', for example -classifying and identifying a person, not firstly as a person, but as something less, something to be ridiculed - 'they have this undesirable handicap, but I don't, so I feel superior'.
On the other hand, perhaps, there are words we use in the UK which Americans, or people from other English speaking countries, might find inappropriate. The same words can mean different things to different people.
Does it matter what words we use? Should we have the freedom to use whatever words we want in public? Does it restrict our freedom if we are told not to use certain words because a minority may consider them to be offensive? Who should decide?
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