As a mother, I cringe when I hear the word retard.
It is said with such disdain and yet so casually, so openly, as though inoffensive.
It used to be a clinical description. Now it is an insult.
It breaks my heart to think my daughter and others will hear the word which describes her limitations as an insult. THAT is a tremendous insult to the intellectually disabled. A high school senior in my area says it well at the link below.
“In such an era of political correctness, why is it that the word “retard” is still ok?” -Soeren Palumbo