The R-Word: A Branch From The Poisoned Tree

I’ve been following Kimchi Latkes almost since my first blog post. She writes some wonderful things, and her perspective is unique.

Please read this and think about your vocabulary. I know that we live in an age when all sorts of words are taboo, all sorts of things that used to be fine not being fine, but I think that’s a mark of progressing as a society-learning how language can hurt and trying to rectify that.

Kimchi Latkes

The word.  The r-word.

Retard.

It is an ugly word.  No one calls someone else by that word as a gesture of respect or affection, do they?  There seem to be no shortage of arguments people use to defend the word’s use.

It isn’t personal.
No one means it like that anymore.
I’m talking about a thing, not your kid.
The world is too politically correct.
Don’t be the language police. 

I want to suggest here, to the person who uses that word and any derivations of it, that it is personal, you do mean it like that, you are talking about my kid, it isn’t about being politically correct, and asking for respect is not an act of policing the English language.

What are we talking about, then?  Here is where I think we get tripped up.  I think we are getting fixated on a single poisoned branch of…

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