By insomnia - 22/12/2011 15:23 - United States
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well technically, she used the word "retarded" as its original definition, although i doubt she meant it that way. it would be like referring to a female dog as a bitch or a log of wood as a faggot. society changed the meanings of the words, or applied them only to specific cases, but the original definition is still a valid one.
Though not a word I would use in that situation, people in general need to stop being so sensitive. It's a fucking word. Unless someone is throwing a brick, stop being so sensitive over words like gay, retarded... etc. I'm getting sick of all this political correct bullshit. That's my rant. Feel free to thumb it down. I don't care.
I agree completely #62. Words change meaning all the time, and are used for a variety of reasons. The context in which it was said should be more important than the actual word that was used. Just like gay, and faggot, retarded had a different meaning. "According to the Oxford English Dictionary, the first record of the usage of the word "retard" is from circa 1489. At that point in time, that word meant to keep back, hinder, or impede." I am not justifying OP's use of the word, because at a job as a cashier (I used to be a cashier) you should really be more careful about what you say, because you know nothing of the people you are ringing out, but using a word, such as retard, or even gay or faggot, it not a horrible thing. It all depends on the context. I am gay, and my room mate (straight guy) and I are very close, play video games (mostly call of duty online), and when people are kicking our ass or being frustrating, he will be "uh what a faggot!" But I know he doesnt mean it as he loves gay people, I mean he lives with two of them. Just saying...context is more important than the words.
Just tell her you said it as 'ruh-tarted' then your in the clear. No harm, no foul.
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I don't see how retard is an offensive word to someone with a physical or mental handicap. You aren't saying they are retarded, your saying the cash register is.
Expand your vocabulary and learn better adjectives. Problem solved.
Haha, you are such a dick. People need to stop using retarded as an insult, it's so rude. YDI.