The word retarded can mostly be heard in a conversation meaning stupid or something that isn’t good enough. The Oxford Dictionary and multiple other online dictionaries have even stated that the informal use is offensive before giving the definition. It is not a word to put something or someone down, but an intellectual disability. I’m sure people know that this word is offensive, but they continue to use it. They usually use the word to describe something that is dumb or stupid, but by using the word in this way, even if unintentionally, they are insulting people who have mental disabilities. Using this word is harmful and hurtful to many people. If you need more reason to not say this word, check out this website and they’ll give you a few more reasons.
Here are 35 words to use instead of the r-word in any conversation:
There are so many more words to use instead, so be thoughtful and not offensive.