A conservative pundit has reignited the debate around the word retard by using it as a slur.
Advocates for people with intellectual disabilities are taking the opportunity to renew their call to “end the r-word”. Is it insensitive to use the word retarded this way, or is it just another sense of the word with a different meaning? Does it do any good to declare certain words off-limits?
Linguist Daniel Midgley gets it started on this episode of Talk the Talk.
Listen to this episode
John Franklin Stephens’ response
Coulter doubles down
Weak sauce from Coulter: “Language police”
The Piers Morgan episode
You can pledge not to use the R-word
And you can not say ‘that’s so gay’.
About gay: Dan Savage, gay sex advice columnist, responds to a gay reader who tells him to stop using ‘gay’ to mean ‘stupid and lame’. Listen from about 36:00.
How about ‘dumb’? The ‘stupid’ sense of the word has been around since 1823.
Meanwhile, retard qua loser: only since 1968, according to Oxford.