I occasionally use “retarded” when chastising myself or other friends. I know it’s not Politically Correct, but am I only allowed to say stupid? How long before we can’t say that anymore?
Other words like “ignorant” don’t work well because well, I don’t like that word because it’s misunderstood (even though it works well for how I say retarded . . for me it’s like if you don’t know something you should know).
Here are several examples:
When referring to someone who has mental retardation
Speaking as someone with a few years of experience working with people with developmental disabilities the current politically correct term is what I just used.
“They are retarded” becomes “They are people with developmental disabilities.”.
When referring to myself
“God, I’m so retarded” becomes “God, I’m so silly”.
Other possibilities include: foolish, dumb, and stupid.
When directing it at someone
“WTF, are you retarded?” becomes “What were you thinking?”
“That was a retarded thing to do” becomes “That was an ill conceived thing to do”