Originally Posted by cosmos
are you insane? calling someone retarded is the most polite way you can!!! thats what the word means!
Firstly Insane is a legal term, it means that someone does not have the capacity to control themselves, as in i could go out and kill someone, did i do it because i wasnt in control of my behaviour, if so, i am insane.
Your right, retardation is a technical term. As once was Idiot, Moron, Flid, Psycho....
It was used so much as the butt in jokes, and now is a word to promote stigma. The term was technically scrapped and replaced with "developmentally disabled". It's a medical term yes, but its not a medical term for an illness.