I read a post by Don Quixote recently. Well….not the real Don Quixote, because the real Don Quixote isn’t really real. This one was a linguistic and social-engineering donkey.
He had a real hate on for the word, ‘retard.’ He posted the following definitions,
verb (used with object)
to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
verb (used without object)
to be delayed.
and still managed to call it an adverb. This one is pronounced ri-tahrd.
The version he actually had a problem with, was
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a contemptuous term used to refer to a person who is cognitively impaired.
a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard. pronounced ree–tahrd.
He was obviously concerned that someone might get their little feelings hurt by being called a ree–tahrd. He didn’t advocate school programs, or public awareness drives. Ignoring the valid noun and verb uses, he went straight to, he wanted to have the word ‘retard’ removed from the English language.
Shades of ‘1984.’ If there is no word, there can be no corresponding sin. I’ve known people who were egotistical enough to want to get a word in the Dictionary. This horse’s ass gets one arrogance point for thinking that he can take a word, any word, away from the 50% of the World’s population who speak English. He also gets the, ‘Dumb As A Sack Of Hammers Award,’ for thinking that, somehow, the American Government has the authority to grant his wish.
He was quite upset that he couldn’t get 5000 people to sign up, so that he could officially petition Washington to outlaw the use of the word. He’s not attacking windmills, but there’s definitely something tilted about this guy. Maybe 5000 people know that it wouldn’t happen, even if he petitioned the Queen of England. I can just hear her reply. “We are not amused – you retard!” 😆