At 10/16/10 05:33 PM, Gagsy wrote:
At 10/16/10 05:20 PM, Dragonberry wrote:
Medically, they're mentally retarded. Or excuse me, mentally "disabled". That's like saying "the N-word" instead of [blocked by BBS] . EVERYONE knows you mean [blocked by BBS], so saying "the N-Word" is just as bad.The use of the words 'mental retardation' is different to the use of the word 'retard' though. People in the profession of dealing with 'intellectual disabled' people don't use that word, because it is deemed offensive after years and years of it being used negatively to put down people in that kind of condition.
That is why I don't like that word.
You fail to acknowledge that people don't like being called these things because of the negative connotation the words you are talking about have been given. Besides, gay people don't object to you telling them they're gay, they know they are. But when you use "gay" to describe something negative, it offends them. Its as if you said being gay is a negative thing.
The words fag and homo typically have a negative connotation when used. Hence why they don't like being called them. Faggot is a fairly common insult among our generation. Any other use it may have had before is dated and unused. It's either used to insult somebody, or as an attack on a gay person. Rarely if ever, is fag used to directly mean homosexual, without any negativity attached. Same with homo. People say use it as an adjective to describe shitty situations. Hence, when you call somebody a homo, it can carry a negative association. Or they'll be offended that it's used to describe something in a negative light.
And calling somebody who's actually mentally handicapped "retarded" is deemed offensive as well. Why? Because you call EVERYTHING retarded. That stupid kid who fails all of his tests? He must be retarded or something. Your neighbors call the cops because of a noise complaint about your party? Dude, thats retarded.
They have no control over the fact that they have a condition. And you constantly use a word that previously was used to describe their condition as an insult and a negative thing in every instance. Of course they will take offense at it.