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By pot, meet kettle - / Friday 5 April 2013 23:21 / United States
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Traditionally, retarded was a synonym for slow. Since stupid people are often slow as well, it makes sense. Why don't we just stop using retarded to describe the mentally ill?

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I honestly don't have a good answer for that. I would just guess that it's because of the negative connotation or stigma that has been attached to it. Most people who use the phrase don't use it in the literal sense but rather as an insult implying that being mentally handicapped is so offensive it serves as an appropriate insult towards someone you usually know doesn't really suffer from any actual mental disabilities.

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#68, language evolves. That's just how it works. Hardly anybody uses the word 'retarded' anymore in its original sense; the DSM now uses the term 'intellectual disability' in place of 'mental retardation'. The word 'retard' is now used for someone who is stupid. Unfortunately its meaning is simply going to change. The word 'dumb' originally meant mute, but now also means someone who is stupid or slow. I have a pretty good idea of how that happened; people for some reason perceive - even if they

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I do not think it is ok to call an idiot a retard. It is not any more acceptable to call a retard an idiot. Someone who is an idiot has the capability to learn, but for what ever reason has chosen not to, but they are mentally capable if they so choose. A mentally retarded person is someone who has a mental defect of some kind, and there for does not have the mental capacity to learn things after a certain point. I had a cousin with downs syndrome. He did not have the capacity to learn skills be

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#101, I'm not sure who you're replying to, but I agree the two words shouldn't be used interchangeably. Thing is the actual meaning of retard is in the process of switching from 'mentally handicapped' to 'stupid' or 'idiot', a process which is near complete now that 'mental retardation' is no longer the correct psychological term to use anymore. So it doesn't really matter. As I said before imagine if everyone started getting mad over the use of the word 'dumb' because of its previous associatio

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#62 You hit the nail on the head right there. The reason that the word is shifting to mean "stupid" is because people have been using it as such and the reason people have been using it as such is because it is connected with cognitive disabilities.

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#AurumPotestasEst, I said both forms are ok because I'm pretty sure people say 'hung, drawn and quartered' not 'hanged, drawn and quartered', although if it's just a hanging I always hear it as 'hanged' not 'hung'. I may be wrong though. As for the whole 'retarded' debate - yes you're correct that's how the word has evolved (HAS, not IS) to its current meaning, but as I've said before as long as people are only associating the word with 'stupid' and not 'intellectually disabled' when they're sa

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It's "as early as" or "since". You can't say "as early since". FYI. Also, OP didn't say it wasn't an actual word in the English language, just that it doesn't make much sense, which it doesn't, since bastardizing the two words you said it originated from creates a word that has a double negative in its prefix and suffix.

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"Non-standard, slang or colloquial terms used by English speakers are sometimes alleged to not be real words. For instance, despite appearing as a word in numerous dictionaries,[99] "irregardless" is sometimes dismissed as "not a word".[100] All words in English originated by becoming commonly used during a certain time period, thus there are many informal words currently regarded as "incorrect" in formal speech or writing. But the idea that they are somehow no

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Using the word irregardless sounds at best, redundant or 'not regardless.' This is why English words don't always obey consistent rules, because people bastardize the language nonstop.

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"The prefix ir- (i-r) is a negative prefix, so if you add the prefix ir to a word that's already negative like regardless, you're making a double-negative word that literally means “without without regard.” Language experts speculate that irregardless comes from a combination of the words regardless and irrespective and that another reason people might say "irregardless" is that they are following the pattern of words like irregular and irreplaceable. But regardless already has t

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While I agree with you for the most part, 135, incorrect words that become used often enough turn into real, standard words. All words we use today were once incorrect and become standard after enough use. If 'irregardless' becomes used enough, it will be included as a standard word eventually. That's just how language works. A lot of words we use today would be incorrect 100 years ago. The word 'cool' to mean awesome or good is pretty recent - came into use 70 years ago. I'm sure it went throug

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Okay, okay, I know I'm really late to this FML, BUT, 'irregardless', although a double negative, IS in fact a word. It means "without, without regard", meaning "with regard." So, technically OP, irregardless isn't the same thing as regardless, and is an actual word. Even though I do doubt that your little lover knew that.

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#6, I'm not so sure. Having a genius baby can be quite challenging. Idiot kids are easier to keep occupied -- any crap on TV will keep them stupefied for hours. Smart kids will ask the "why" questions until your head explodes. Think about it and be careful what you wish for.

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Irregardless is a real word and we have no prof he used it improperly, and even if he did that doesn't make him stupid. Hell a lot of kids probably don't even know what it means now a days

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