Tuesday, January 5, 2010

Verbal Ignorance

So..there are few things in this world that irk me. I lie. There are a lot of things in this world that irk me. I just try not to let it show. But one thing that just drives me up and back down a wall is when people drop the word 'retarded' ever so casually. It's a terrible word. People who say it should feel terrible for saying it. It's just as terrible as a lot of other derogatory words out there that people get chastised for saying. I've been involved in some aspect with special needs people my entire life. As far back as I can remember anyways. I'm not going to put you on display for all to tar and feather you. But I will ask you to refrain from saying it around me. Don't text it to me...type it to me..or sing it to me. But really.. why would you sing it to me? That would make you an even bigger asshat! (Thanks Megan for the word usage). Please just take into consideration the feelings of the millions of people in this world who are affected with any kind of disability. Sound good?


Jessica said...

I have to admit...I am one who says "that word which must not be named" from time to time...really super sucks b/c my aunt has adopted two special needs children, both severely disabled and probably falling into that category if it were 1950 and people used "that" word instead of special needs as the proper term. It's funny how much our language matures as time goes on...matures to something more caring and loving.
See, I won't type it for you cause I love you and I have already before this post thought I ought to stop using it.
THanks for the reminder to be a good human, though!