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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That interpretation of the word, in my eyes, is outdated.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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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."
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.
DEADZ0RS Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
retard your anger!!

"It's retarded, I'm retarded"

PlasticFrogCG Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014
To sum up: political correctness is for pansies :D
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