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A couple of people (literally only two, but it's a matter worth mentioning) emailed me after they had read the most recent Sequential Art strip, in which the fictitious element “Retardium” is mentioned. Both messages voiced disapproval at my using the word “Retard” due to its slang referencing of the mentally disabled.
That interpretation of the word, in my eyes, is outdated.
Used in describing a mentally disabled individual, “retard” is a slur, and (as with any slur) anyone who says it in that context deserves a sharp blow to the head. However, used to describe a “wilfully ignorant, able-bodied idiot”, I think “retard” is perfectly acceptable. I’ll wager that everyone reading this knows someone that can accurately be described as a "f**king retard", none of whom are disabled in the slightest, nor in using the word is a mentally disabled person even thought of.
I’ve not heard “retard” used to describe anyone with mental problems in over 20 years. Its common usage has moved on in the same way as many other words before it. Sometimes it's for the worst:

“….reluctantly Gandalf himself took a hand. Picking up a faggot he held it aloft for a moment, and then with a word of command, naur an edraith ammen! he thrust the end of his staff into the midst of it….”

- The Lord of the Rings, written between 1937 and 1949.


But in this instance, I think the change in association is a good thing. It's a splendid, cutting word to describe the complete and utter morons out there that are stealing our oxygen.

Of course, if my little theory gets communally torpedoed: I'll look like a total retard.
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DFX2K9 Featured By Owner Feb 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have heard it used to refer to mentally disabled people, but it's usually in an insulting way, and the person saying it fits well within your definition of that word. I don't get it, why people have to get so easily butthurt over a word. I've been called some nasty things over the years, crying about it has changed any of that about 0%, so it doesn't help.
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weird-coma Featured By Owner Feb 12, 2014  Hobbyist Filmographer
People who wanna bitch are gonna bitch, regardless of whether there's a reason to or not.  The world just needs to grow thicker skin and stop being so fucking sensitive.

....and if they insist on crying like a little bitch with a skinned knee, fuck 'em.
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BLAZR-SAN Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
"I’ve not heard 'retard' used to describe anyone with mental problems in over 20 years."

yep. I haven't either, like, since I turned 6 or 7 years of age -- Now they have "developmentally delayed" or "autism" or "down syndrome" or what-have-you... they are more pinpointing and accurate to those who have them. and some stem from each other, as well as interact with behavioral disorders or even unrelated but relevant neurological disorders, i.e. lenex-gastaut disorder (forgive me if I misspelled the diagnosis. I know this may seem strange but I have the disorder and have been misdiagnosed as A.D.H.D., Bipolar, and Schitzo-typal. the bipolar is a driving force behind Len-Gast Disorder in that the seizure-yielding factor called kindling could sky rocket and result in break-through siezures due to any stress, eustress or distress.)

But the real so called "retards" are the government/internet/street trolls and the societal super-rich who got where they are now only because of the money they have and, in many cases, the iffy-as-hell (wait for it...) STOCK MARKET.

'Nuff sedd.
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Azzameen85 Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
I honestly look forward to the day Mr. Jackson takes a deep look at George Carlin's work and gives out his interpreteations :)

Would be a BLAST! Literally. I am sure. It's a gas pipe with a small hamster messing with a lighter all over again.

And I honestly believe that you would enjoy the humor mr. Jackson, even though the standup comedian is an American... or rather, was an american citizen, now that he is orbiting the sun.
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BrideOfTheDeath Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014
Some people just need to stop being offended by everything. Personally I agree with the meaning of the word "retard". The word "jätkä" in finnish language was originally used to refer to a man that transported wood via rivers by kinda riding it but today it´s being used to refer to a guy. ANY guy. The world changes and the words we use change with it. If some people can´t handle humor they should stay offline. Just saying...
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unicorngirl1 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Agreement. I'm sick of people ragging on me for saying "wow, that's retarded" etc.
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SonicRedesigned Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
I honestly don't care if someone uses the word "retard" I think it's your right to call people idiots.

Also the French came up with the word retard for "slow"

So basically if you said "that car is retarded" it just means slow.

The English Language picked it up, and we consider "slow people" to be mental, so we stole the word retard.

But now it's a commonly used insult. :3

I totally agree with you about "It's a splendid, cutting word to describe the complete and utter morons out there that are stealing our oxygen."
^^
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scythepuppet Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I work in special education; we do not use that word as a diagnosis any more because it was reappropriated as an insult. In fact, I find that nearly any term we use to refer to a person who is cognitively or intellectually challenged becomes an insult in some capacity.
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DEADZ0RS Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
retard your anger!!

"It's retarded, I'm retarded"


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PlasticFrogCG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
To sum up: political correctness is for pansies :D
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aquanesia Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2014
Sorry you had to feel in the wrong, better luck next time.
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Kant-Predict Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
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Dajs Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
The term for a mentally disabled individual is "mentally disabled individual".
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Kanrio2 Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
the problem with that argument is that "mental disability" encompasses almost all mental disorders, including high-functioning autism and schizophrenia, neither of which were ever referred to as "mental retardation" by the psychiatric community or anyone else.
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Whetsit-Tuya Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Filmographer
:iconloolplz: it says faggot
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sharpshooter188 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
The US especially have become too politically correct. Fuck em.
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SonicRedesigned Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
*Sigh* I really hate foreigners like you, who just assumes America's all a bunch of snobby people.

Where are you from? The UK I'm guessing, what if I said they have bad teeth or something? It's a stereotype , I don't think everyone there has bad teeth, in-fact we have people over here who have bad teeth.

So yeah, grow up. :P
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sharpshooter188 Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014
Uh yeah... lets go with the UK origin for assumption sake. There are many examples of political correctness HERE in America. You can't say a lot of things because they are politically incorrect and many face severe consequences because of which. It's always taken a step further.  Believe me man. I wish I were a foreigner.
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MoonDarter Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
I thought "Retardium" might be a time-slowing element. That would be a perfectly good use of "retard" except to those who think the word should be buried forever.
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Kitsune0Jester Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Yeah, people always call each other retards at my school. I never grasped a fuller meaning to the word until I read this.
It's just sad once a firmly innocent word gets taken into a wrong trend.
Gay once used to mean - Happy.
And rainbows were taken as a sign from God, but now people took it into the lesbian rights. I can't even wear anything rainbowish because of that fear and humiliation.

Just absolutely retarded. ;/
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JohnSegway Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
People can be so petty sometimes :T
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shadow-in-the-abyss Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Well said sir, well said.
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Avristed Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional General Artist
The word "idiot" used to refer to the mentally disabled.

Now people espouse its use over "retard". Fun how people work, isn't it?
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DaveoOzWizard Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Intent is key in this situation.

I understood what you meant.

That is about how it goes.
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Heiryuu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
i'm assuming that retardium slows things down?
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Heiryuu Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
www.youtube.com/watch?v=oqiGWd…

Christopher Titus on the word retard
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Scyoni Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Personally I think people who make taboo words taboo are giving haters too much power. If you tell people not to use a word because it means something offensive, it will ALWAYS BE OFFENSIVE because you aren't giving it the opportunity to evolve.

That said I don't want to step on people's toes. :/ but really? Let it go. It's a problem because you let it be one. 
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Deepizzaguy Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Student Writer
When a person calls me a retard like in You Tube. I just reply to that creep to get a life. I know I am not a retard since I watch E T Williams, Mark Dice and Alex Jones on their you tube channels. There are some people who are saying thug is the new n word. I remember when dyke meant the rocks on the sides of a river or ocean.  Or I just laugh at that person since they do not me very well.
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riwini Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Professional Writer
PC drives me crazy. I celebrate Christmas every year and apparently that is offensive to some people. Whenever people try to insist that its "winter holidays", I feel the need to correct them. It is either winter soltice, Christmas, Hannukah, etc.

I think it comes down to whether you are describing something or labeling someone. You have to use words that someone would understand in association with the concept you are trying to describe. Its called a word, get over it. lol

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darkmasterblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
-.- thats the most retarded load of bullshit i've ever heard and the smarmy little pansies who complained about it are retards. we had a word for that kind of stupidity in the army..several actually...."re-re, dumbass, f*ck-tard, assclown, retard in conjunction with any number of expletives, and dunce to name a few" .-. why are these people complaining about this on the INTERNET? do they even realize politicians even call people retards when the camera's are off? i've known a few in person who had some hilarious things to say about this off the record. too bad i didnt get his number after that long field trip but it was funny x3 i think he's a US senator now
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Delta-Pangaea Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist
Also, y'know. There is the usage of the word in the manner of 'flame retardant' and the like.

So. Yeah.
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Thatdudemaan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I have a mental disabillity. (Asperger-Autism) And i don´t think that the name ,,Retardium" for a fictional material makes any problems.
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darkmasterblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
i have an allergy to bullshit so when people complain about simple words making them uncomfortable when i've been stabbed, shot at, maimed and hit over the head with all kinds of objects i tend to want to chokeslam these kinds of people for taking offense to a mere choice of words when they dont know the meaning of suffering and have gone their whole lives being spoiled rotten thinking life is all rainbows and sunshine -.-
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Thatdudemaan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
shorter pleace?:| (Blank Stare) 
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darkmasterblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
0-0 really?
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Thatdudemaan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yeah. My english is not the best.
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darkmasterblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
-.- i see
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Thatdudemaan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I just ask for a shorter version of what you wrote.
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darkmasterblade Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
dont bother. it was a rant and repeating it would be retarded and problematic
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fiercediety1987 Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I'm pretty sure "Idiot" used to occupy that space before retarded became the socially acceptable term and eventually mentally disabled might have the same stigma.
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Bad-Enough-Dude Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014   Digital Artist
Oh no people got mad at you for being a massive swollen pustulent cock, better make a journal and make yourself look like an even bigger cock because you can't be arsed to come up with a word to describe whatever strawman of the day you're presenting in your comics that isn't grossly offensive.
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...?

It seems as though you missed the scope of the journal.

Pretty sure he's talking about over-political correctness in general.

His point is that the freedom of variety of vocabulary is more valuable than the possibility of offending people because of their conflicting definitions of a particular word.

You're welcome to disagree with this.  Seems there isn't an objective "right" or "wrong."
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shanenopolis Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Upvote
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MysteryOrganMan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
You're right about how the word should be used, but for the wrong reasons.

It's not a bad word because it's "offensive" to people who are actually retarded.  It's a bad word because it hurts the feelings of whomever you're using the word to describe.

The word "slut" can be considered a bad word in the same manner that "retard" is.  Is it a bad word because it's offensive to actual sluts?  No, it's a bad word because it hurts the person you're calling a slut.  The word retard should be treated the same way.

If my friend says something stupid and I call him a retard, it's because he said something that only someone who is mentally challenged would say.  I call him that because he is, literally, retarded to come up with something like that.  Does he have the right to be offended at me saying that?  Yes, of course he does, and if he's offended because I hurt his feelings, then that would make sense.  However, if he gets offended because the word is offensive to someone else who's not there to defend himself, whom he personally deems "mentally challenged", then he's just being an asshole.  That's not an opinion, that's a fact.

Speaking of it, "asshole" is a bad word too.  Why?  Because it's offensive to the actual holes of asses?  No, because it hurts people to suggest that, like the hole of an ass, they're full of shit and nothing else.

You're right about how the word should be used, but for the wrong reasons.
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kage-niji Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
This is a pretty good point.
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MysteryOrganMan Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Thank you, I thought it might be.
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Hawkieface Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Hmm, I see your point there.
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MysteryOrganMan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
I'm happy to hear that.
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Cauderick-Sama Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
I completely agree! I also like how you used "slut" and "as*swhole" as examples to prove your point. A very thoughtful answer/definition you have there.
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MysteryOrganMan Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2014
Thanks, I'm glad you think so.
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