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Date: 11/17/10 01:22 PM

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    cheeseispunk Female 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:24 pm
    Link: Required Reading Book In The 1950s? - Not that much sensitivity during the `50s, was there...
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:26 pm
    Wow.
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    Lobotomy Male 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    Is this insensitive?
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:29 pm
    Retarded literally means slowed. It wasn`t wrong to suggest that they were mentally slow or "mentally retarded". The term started to become derogatory when it was used in a mean way.

    Just because the "politically correct" reworded it, doesn`t indicate a difference in meaning.
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    Skillet89 Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    Retarded was actually a NICE thing to say back then.
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    mts2457 Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:31 pm
    Um, that`s because no one went around saying normal everyday things were `retarded`.
    This is not a big deal.
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    Facehooker Female 30-39
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    Reminds me of a set of stamps I have from the 70s
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    SPARTAKITTY Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:33 pm
    1/2 of ten is five
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    architrex Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:34 pm
    Retarded was a clinical term back then. Now, the world is so worried about being politically correct that mentally ill is not even the correct term.
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    Katelyn92 Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    excellent
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    rammo34 Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:39 pm
    That was before retarded was a bad word.
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    madest Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    "Retarded" is a medical term. It`s not the retarded who complain about it`s use. It`s their parents who can`t believe they`ve produced a retarded kid. Hello Sarah Palin.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:43 pm
    Exceptional children are humans too!
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    Lionhart2 Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:48 pm
    Should be "Required Reading for IAB Members and Irish Moderators"
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:52 pm
    "retarded" is still clinically correct.
    But not Politically Correct.

    Unless you are celebretard and then anything goes.
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    BruceLeroy Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:53 pm
    I really don`t get why people are so sensitive about retarded as an adjective. The only time I say someone is retarded is when they are doing something dumb, i.e. something that a person who is mentally challenged might do. It is quite literal.
  17. Profile photo of BruceLeroy
    BruceLeroy Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 1:57 pm
    Virtually all words we use, even the ones that aren`t politically incorrect or sensitive, could just as easily be taken as bad if you are going to take "retarded" as a non-pc word. Where do people think we get the words MORON, IDIOT, DUMB, STUPID from???? These were all at some point serious words for mentally handicapped. Get over it.
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    durdikkimeng Male 50-59
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    November 17, 2010 at 2:05 pm
    Yeah well, just tell it like it is.
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    Kickan Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 2:13 pm
    I got inspired by BruceLeroys comment and googled Idiot, just for funsies, and laughed so hard I almost cryed from this sentence (for those of you who know swedish):

    "Vid idiotanstalter bedrevs idiotundervisning. Idiotklassernas elever undervisades av idiotlärarinnor. Den första svenska idiotanstantalten öppnades 1 september 1866 vid Nya Varvet i Göteborg, där tre idioter undervisades av fröken Emanuella Carlbeck."

    It´s about the first school for idiots in sweden (in 1866) where three idiots recieved idiot education from the idiot teacher Emanuella Carlbeck.
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
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    November 17, 2010 at 2:29 pm
    BruceLeroy, you got it right. Sometime down the road, it will be politically incorrect to call someone "special". I already use "special" in a derogatory manner.
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    SwayzeCrazy4 Male 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 2:44 pm
    Actually, "Retarded" is a correct word to use.
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    Nidonemo Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 2:54 pm
    After what seems like ages of political correctness wars over what to call these people, we`ve ended up in a final mass confusion due to a new term every five years.

    "I really don`t get why people are so sensitive about retarded as an adjective. The only time I say someone is retarded is when they are doing something dumb, i.e. something that a person who is mentally challenged might do. It is quite literal. "

    It`s exactly that, because of the negative connotation, and the assumption that the person who uses that term doesn`t think the mentally retarded are capable of doing intelligent things. It`s the same argument as calling something "gay" to mean "that`s stupid".
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    Axejst Male 30-39
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:01 pm
    So what word will we have to use then? Something generic and nonthreatening like "different"?
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    DamienLike Male 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:16 pm
    They`re EXCEPTIONAL.
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:22 pm
    I work with developmentally disabled adults. The word "Retarded" is really offensive when aimed at the person with the disability. I personally don`t have a problem with people using the word as long it is not at the expense of someone with a disability. But I don`t speak for everyone. I`m sure it`s much different to a person with a family member who has a developmental disability.
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:24 pm
    Cartunez said: "BruceLeroy, you got it right. Sometime down the road, it will be politically incorrect to call someone "special". I already use "special" in a derogatory manner."

    LOL!! Yup, many of us use "Republican" or "Conservative" in a derogatory manner. It won`t be long before they start insisting on a more "PC" term themselves! Even Sarah Palin has shown her embrace of PC terms.
  27. Profile photo of OldOllie
    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:26 pm
    The word "retarded" came into fashion when other descriptive words such as "idiot," "imbecile," and "moron" came to be use as insults. When "retarded" became an insult, they came up with other words -- "mentally handicapped," "developmentally disabled," etc.

    Whatever word is used to describe people with low congnitive abilities, it will eventually become an insult, so they will continually have to come up with new words.
  28. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:30 pm
    @ElMustache: Don`t you have it backwards? When used to desribe someone who actually IS mentally challenged, that not meant to be offensive. It`s a medical term. When it`s being used "not at the expense of a person with a disability", they`re are actually being MORE insesitive to MR people. If my child was MR, and referred to him/her as such, that`s not insensitive, but if I call you retarded, it is, don`t you think?
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    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:36 pm
    Old Ollie said: "Whatever word is used to describe people with low congnitive abilities, it will eventually become an insult, so they will continually have to come up with new words."

    Guess we better come up with a new word for "Conservative".
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    AtlasOtus Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:39 pm
    Brought to you by The How to: Licking a window clean!
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 3:53 pm
    It`s not insensitive to call them retarded because they ARE retarded. Look up the word in the dictionary, it`s spot on.
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    TKD_Master Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 4:00 pm
    Well that is just retarded.
  33. Profile photo of DrKitty
    DrKitty Female 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 4:47 pm
    no no phoneybone
    now they`re Mentally Handicapped
    xD
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    Seastone Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 5:43 pm
    Well, in a few years "mentally handicapped" will suddenly become an insult and the powers of Political Correctness will have to think of something even MORE PC. It`s just a word, people.
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    RVIsh Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 5:49 pm
    @jtrebowski

    Ba-dum KSSSH
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    slab-of-rage Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 6:04 pm
    they`re not handicapped - they`re handicapable.
  37. Profile photo of Gerry1of1
    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    November 17, 2010 at 6:34 pm
    in the 70`s we called them "God`s Special Children"
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    evlmnkyninja Female 13-17
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    November 17, 2010 at 6:44 pm
    Why do the boy and girl have practically the same face?
    This scares me.
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    vandyleeann Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 6:53 pm
    You`re all wrong, now it`s intellectually disabled.
  40. Profile photo of ElMustache
    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 7:35 pm
    Jtreb: I can see your point. But medical terminology or not, it really boils down to respect. And saying a situation or describing a non MR persons behavior as "Retarded" is different than calling someone with a disability a "retard".
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    WhoaHeyDude Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 7:39 pm
    Actually it`s developmentally disabled =)
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    DoTheKatango Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 8:03 pm
    I was under the impression the term was "developmentally delayed"
    Not disabled because it emphasizes inabilities rather than abilities they do have.
    Not handicapped because the term dates back to Elizabethan Poor Laws which stated that a person with a physical/mental/cognitive issue was allowed to beg with their CAP in their HAND
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    Stormydreams Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 8:28 pm
    Why should they worry about it? If they team up, they can totes crush that house! Handicapped Godzilla kids, anyone?
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    Moosh Female 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 8:36 pm
    You`re all ALL wrong...it`s "abnormally brained".

    Heh, I like that. I think I`ll start using it--see if it catches on.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    November 17, 2010 at 8:46 pm
    jtrebowski, it`s liberals who are ashamed to call themselves liberals. Now they want to be called "progressives" or worse, they claim to be "moderates." They forget that they became liberals when the term "progressive" became a disgrace. Conservatives, on the other hand, are proud to call themselves conservatives.

    I`m actually a libertarian, but I respect conservatives a lot more than I do liberals. They`re honest about who they are, and they`re capable of carrying on an intellectually honest debate over the issues on which we disagree. Liberals just fling poo and deny that they`re liberals.
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    ElMustache Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 9:00 pm
    Ollie: Stop being retarded.
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    Liquidglass Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 9:28 pm
    OldOllie is too old to understand he has it backwards.

    Go back to the home grandpa I hear they are having jello tonight.
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    hazeofwar Male 18-29
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    November 17, 2010 at 9:44 pm
    A retard is a retard. Nothing wrong with that. No reason to beat around the God-dmnd bush all the time.
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    November 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    I don`t get this. There is nothing wrong or unusual with the word "retarded" - it means slow development, defined as an IQ below 70.
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    xmastree_ph Male 40-49
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    November 17, 2010 at 11:23 pm
    If I were to inform you that `political correctness` is actually an old Nazi concept, that of `gleichschaltung` (to force all to conform in words and deeds to the `official` viewpoint), would that help to wean you off the false notion of PC as commendable `sensitivity` and help you
    to realise that PC is intended, not only to silence discussion, debate and criticism but, ultimately, to control the way your mind will think?
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 12:32 am
    lol?
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    Cartunze Male 60-69
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    November 18, 2010 at 2:30 am
    I just noticed that the author`s name is Pollock. That must have been a big joke by itself in the 1950s. They aren`t common anymore, but Polish jokes used to be called Pollock jokes. This was way before there were `blonde` jokes.
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    epiphany101 Female 30-39
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    November 18, 2010 at 3:54 am
    Awww...obviously it`s the companion volume to this wee library gem
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    Vindictive Female 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 4:24 am
    @ LandoGriffin

    I HAVE BEEN SAYING THAT FOR YEARS. I don`t get people AT ALL.
  55. Profile photo of jtrebowski
    jtrebowski Male 40-49
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    November 18, 2010 at 5:45 am
    Old Ollie, that`s a myth perpetuated by right-wing media, but two can play at that game if you`d like. "Libertarians" are simply conservatives who finally woke up and realized that conservatives were overly authoritarian.
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    eskimo9 Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 5:51 am
    question time - how many iab users are white European descended? Ima guess more than 50%. And how many would be offended by being called "whitey", "cracker", "round-eye", "pale-face"? Again, I`ll guess not many (depending on connotations, ie someone calling you round-eye while waving a katana in your face, sh.it`s about to get real)
    The point is... fu/ck, what was the point? We should call each other whatever the hell we want. Yeah, that`ll do for a point.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    November 18, 2010 at 6:41 am
    Dee dee dee
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    dreadqueen00 Female 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 7:14 am
    I work in a treatment facility run by OMRDD--The Office for Mental Retardation and Developmental Disability. It has become taboo to refer to people as "retarded" or "retards," because these guys simply don`t want to be known by their diagnosis. (Especially when most people use it as an insult.) However, there is no other term for the actual medical diagnosis of "Mental Retardation" or "MR." The term "retarded" is correct, but these days just not socially acceptable. :/
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    jendrian Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 7:39 am
    retards complaining about the term should shut up
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    ishkabibbles Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 7:43 am
    one of the retards in my 6th grade class would frequently undress himself and attack people on the playground... he had to be transferred
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    November 18, 2010 at 7:47 am
    And written by a Pollock. GEt it. Pollock. Another 50s joke. Any who.
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    AntPharm Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 8:39 am
    Well at least the kid`s got a girlfriend.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 10:22 am
    my brother is severely mentally handicapped...he can`t even talk at all and he`s going on 20....

    but i just call him retarded...it really isn`t that big of a deal...it`s just a word of description....

    if i was bringing someone to my house i wouldn`t just say "try to ignore my brother"...i would say "try to ignore my brother...he`s retarded"...and they would instantly be like "OH....okay....."
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    ManicRapture Female 13-17
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    November 18, 2010 at 11:48 am
    its a legitimate term....technically pc.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    November 18, 2010 at 12:56 pm
    lolz!
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    TR-Wolf Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 1:13 pm
    Retarded was the word they used back in the day for "special" or "learning difficulties", only now is it seen as an insult.
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    ckelly32 Male 40-49
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    November 18, 2010 at 1:25 pm
    Isn`t that a little politically incorrect?"
    "I know but I love working with the little f`ers. We got this one kid, Mongo, forehead like a movie screen."
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    littlepete50 Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 5:33 pm
    lmao. retarded. from the french to mean late, or slow or something
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    nat112 Male 13-17
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    November 18, 2010 at 7:00 pm
    God bless America.
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    defiythelie Male 18-29
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    November 18, 2010 at 10:36 pm
    What is wrong with this? Retarded was a valid medical term just like "mentally handicapped".
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    Mikeado Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2010 at 10:57 am
    Oh, readers ofCracked.com can do better than that...
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    obeydarklord Male 18-29
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    November 19, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    is that chris chan?
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    FatefullyPur Female 18-29
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    November 22, 2010 at 11:56 pm
    Their faces frighten me

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