This morning, while reading some of the push-back I received to last night’s post about the “R-word,” I realized that I was given to extremism in some places. So I wanted to clarify my point. Here goes: Words matter.
Do yourself and the world a favor and stop using the “retard.” Period. No questions. No excuses. Just stop. Stop calling your friends “retards” or saying that your parents are “retarded” for being old, senile idiots (you probably shouldn’t call them “old senile idiots” either, but that’s another issue).