I don't see moron or idiot becoming passe but if retard is offensive then people should look at their reasons for continuing to say it. I still operate under the rule that it's okay to offend someone as long as you can make peace with your reason for doing so and live with the consequences. But I'm not sure there's a good reason out there to continuing to say retard.
Overall, I think people are far too PC, especially my brethren on the left. It's like they are far too worried about a specific word instead of the general intent of the phrase. If you're purposely insulting someone, it shouldn't matter what words you used to do it...
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Careful Locke, if you keep posting this sort of stuff I may actually start liking you. I agree, the “word police” need to retire, I see it where I work as well, one of our fish biologists was talking about an abandoned lookout we have, and he referred to it as “unmanned”, one of our token feminists quickly corrected him, “you mean unstaffed don’t you? It’s sexist to think that everyone who works in a lookout is a man.” Pretty ridiculous stuff, the guy didn’t mean any harm and she correcting him in front of everyone was more offensive than anything he did in my opinion.
I get where he's coming from, but I still don't think that's okay. Half of my family is from Alabama and Georgia and they all grew up saying "n*gger" this or "n*gger" that and it didn't necessarily have to do with black people all the time. Didn't make it okay, though. Culture isn't an excuse. And they've pretty much stopped, now. I mean, if you're using a term that you know offends, and though you don't mean to offend continue to use it anyway, I think you really have to look in the mirror and ask yourself why.
Statler brings up a good example, also, and that's an area where I don't think the PC crowd has it right. For one thing, I don't think "unstaffed" is even a word. Unmanned, however, is. And I think any reasonable person knows that term isn't being used to only signify one gender. I mean, we're "humans", not "hupersons." The Romance languages get around this by giving every word a gender, and the selections are often nonsensical (in other words, not every manly thing has a male gender and not every womanly thing has a female gender). But since English is a hybrid language only some terms -- mostly those borrowed from Spanish and Italian -- have gender significance. The correctives to this really only create confusion, I think, because no one notices them at all. You can't say that with "f@g" or "retard."
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I never got into the whole saying nig*er thing, but I know people who will use "nog" in a sentence who I wouldnt necessarily say are racist. But then again, Im not black so I wouldnt presume to know what they find offensive. I dont know. Culture is a weird thing.