What is a less offensive synonym for “retarded”?

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”

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