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  • Yes, every time it's used, no matter the circumstance.

    10 11.11%
  • Only when used to refer to a mentally handicapped person (see OP).

    44 48.89%
  • No it's never offensive (I'm insensitive).

    36 40.00%
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    Quote Originally Posted by The_Liquid_Laser View Post
    When referring to a mentally disabled person, the politically correct way is "person who is a Tard".


    In Britain, at any rate, I believe the ultimate euphemism has been coined by their families and those working in the sector. They are to be referred to as "Special" at all times, because that's what they are
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    yup.
    I just wanted to bring the thread to this point.
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    So says the ENTP that claims to have a logic reason for every single intention :P

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    I thought doctors would to call mentally disabled people retards or idiots because those used to be professional labels. Those words were hijacked by the general population to be used as insults, much like the words lame and fag. I point this out because my vote isn't in the list (only when NOT used to refer to a mentally handicapped person). I don't think it would be an insult for me to call Brendan a fag, but it would be an insult for me to call Jeffster a fag.
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    Uh, guys. This discussion really has very little relevance to MBTI...
    Quote Originally Posted by Falcarius View Post
    This thread made Falcarius nostalgic, as it reminded him when both him and Brendan got a formal warning on INTPc for calling each other retards a few years back. He just looked over his PMs at INTPc, apparently the messages got deleted because it might offend people despite the fact Falcarius was the dinosaur person who got called a retard in the first instant and nicely asked for the messages to be kept up. If that does not sum up why political correctness is stupid then Falcarius does not know what will.

    As for the OP he voted for the last option.
    *starry-eyed* Ahh, the good old days.
    Quote Originally Posted by Lateralus View Post
    I thought doctors would to call mentally disabled people retards or idiots because those used to be professional labels. Those words were hijacked by the general population to be used as insults, much like the words lame and fag. I point this out because my vote isn't in the list (only when NOT used to refer to a mentally handicapped person). I don't think it would be an insult for me to call Brendan a fag, but it would be an insult for me to call Jeffster a fag.
    Well "fag" is a bit different. You see, "fag" is short for "fagot," which means a bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel. This is a reference to the days when gays were burned at the stake, and was never a clinical term in any shape or form.

    So yeah, it's pretty offensive.

    "Retard" is not used as a double-entendre. You can't call someone a retard, and then assert that you meant anything other than mental deficiency. Therefore, I wouldn't use it to describe someone who was born with a congenital mental handicap as they can't help it. When my friends are just not thinking however, yes, I mean to offend them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    So says the ENTP that claims to have a logic reason for every single intention :P
    Or maybe I'm really jesus
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    Quote Originally Posted by laintpe View Post
    Well, I didn't say you have to care; and no, i don't have any of those personal stories. "Imo" doesn't necessarily justify throwing a term around that is generally accepted as inappropriate... just because in your mind, it's not a big deal. I tend to push things too far in some settings, not with "name calling", but occassionally with jokes that other people take offense to... there's really no point for me to continue with those just because i don't see anything wrong with them. It creates confrontation and misunderstandings that are really annoying to deal with.
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    yeah but it could have been true!
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    "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    Or maybe I'm really jesus
    Even YLJ is more convincing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brendan View Post
    Well "fag" is a bit different. You see, "fag" is short for "fagot," which means a bundle of sticks or twigs bound together as fuel. This is a reference to the days when gays were burned at the stake, and was never a clinical term in any shape or form.
    Then replace "fag" with "gay" or "homo".
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sytpg View Post
    Even YLJ is more convincing.
    That's what the roman said
    Expression of the post modern paradox : "For the love of god, religions are so full of shit"

    Theory is always superseded by Fact...
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    “I’d hate to die twice. It’s so boring.”
    Richard Feynman's last recorded words

    "Great is the human who has not lost his childlike heart."
    Mencius (Meng-Tse), 4th century BCE

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    Quote Originally Posted by EcK View Post
    That's what the roman said
    Uh, can you two please stop?
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