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To The Person Who Just Used The Word “Retarded”,
I know you aren’t a jerk, but you just used the word “retarded” regarding the line at Starbucks.
I know you didn’t think twice about it, it probably just rolled out as you described something that you find worthy of ridicule.
If we’re being honest it probably wasn’t the first time you’ve used it that way right?
You’ve probably used it to describe a movie you didn’t like, or a product you found defective. You’ve probably also said it about a person that you were angry with, or a rule that you think is too restrictive.
I’m not guessing when I say that you aren’t alone in using the word this way, because I hear it all the time. Sometimes it gets said by adults, often by kids. It gets used by “regular Joes” as well as the rich and famous.
I know that a lot of people think that it’s really funny. To get laughs they’ll shorten it to “tard” or over pronounce the “Re”.