I once did a post where a commenter was so bent out of shape (and rightfully so, I was very rude) that they called me a "wingtard". I wasn't offended. I really wasn't. If I am going to throw around totally rude insults, then I have to be able to take a few thrown my way. I get that. And when you have been blogging for as long as I have, well, you get to be called a lot of choice wonderful things. Of course, I am often still surprised by some of the comments trolls dish out, but most are expected. None who read this blog regularly are ever surprised by what comes out of this brain and onto the monitor at any given time. I do kiss my mother with this mouth. So it all evens out. Back to the wingtard name I was called. It was pretty stinking funny and I thought very clever. I decided at that very moment that you could put "tard" at the end of pretty much any word and it would not only be insulting, but considerably funny. Obamatard, libtard, demtard, asstard etc. etc. Have some fun with that one bloggertards.
Some people get offended by the term "retard". I want to explain to you, the reader, why retard is not offensive. Again, this is according to me, take it with a grain of salt.
Words through out time take on different meanings. GAY back in the 1890's meant happy. The decade itself was called "the gay 90's". It was a time of some prosperity and happiness. Parents named their children Gaylynn or Gaylord without a second thought. The word had no other meaning than that of happy, happy people. Remember the Christmas carol where they all donned their "gay apparel"? They were wearing party clothes for the celebration of Christmas, and they were happy. It didn't mean the men were dressed in drag and the women were wearing basketball uniforms(stereotype warning: roll eyes and sigh now and pray for my ignorance)for goodness sake. Though they may have been behind the scenes, I don't really know.
Then in the late 70's and 80's the term took on a different meaning. It very well could have been before these two decades but, I was born in '67 so anything before that I can't account for. The word took on the meaning of HOMO-SEXUAL. No need to explain the meaning of gay in this way, I am sure you get my point. Now days, many kids or teenie boppers use the term GAY to mean stupid, dumb, lame or uncool. Yea its offensive to many gay people, but who is gonna tell the kiddies to change up their lingo? Not me. Some other words that have taken on differing cultural meanings are PIMPIN and SICK. For us oldies, the equivalents would be, cool or awesome. Michael Jackson and RUN-DMC both coined BAD as cool back in the 80's. Michael was bad yea bad, meaning tough and cool. RUN-DMC explained to us that "He's a big bad wolf in your neighborhood, not bad meaning bad but bad meaning good". So when someone said I was a bad girl in the 80's, I would just say, why yes I am thank you very much.
Political correctness also has changed the meaning of some words. An example of PC changing our vocabulary would be how the word retarded is used. I have had a few emails of people who hate it when I describe someone or something as being retarded. They find it offensive. Fair enough. But, the word is no longer used to describe an individual with physical or mental disabilities(though one could make the argument that it does when referring to liberals). If anyone were to call a person with real "physical challenges" or "mental challenges" a retard, like we used to back in the 70's and 80's, that would be pretty bad. I am not even sure the word "handicap" is appropriate anymore. Hmmmm, maybe I will kidnap that word. Anyway, the term is no longer acceptable in describing the physically or mentally challenged. This is not a bad thing. The term was rejected by many, as those in higher education wanted to change the stigmatic word. Much like the term negro is no longer acceptable to describe black people or African Americans.
Since the word retarded has been abandoned and left for dead and is homeless floating in outer space hated and shunned by all, it is only natural that it be hijacked, kidnapped and refaced by culture word surgeons. If you saw a lonely puppy wandering the street with no owner, would you leave it alone to die? No you would rescue it, give it a new name and love it like it was your own. Chris Farley in "Tommy Boy" was the first that I remember that said "I'm retarded" after hitting his head on a beam. I cracked up! It was funny. Please stop being so sensitive and understand the ever changing dictionary. So without further adieu, I introduce you to the new and improved definition of RETARDED or RETARD as found in the Urban Dictionary:
Retarded: An "unofficial"(not recognized by dictionaries) slang descriptor for a person/thing/action/object, etc., or a combination of, which is one or more of the following:
a waste of time, abandoned, abject, abominable, abortive, absurd, afraid, aimless, anxious, apprehenaive, arid, arrested, assailable, atomic, awful, baby, babyish, backward, bad, banal, barmy, barren, base, baseless, bastard, beastly, beggarly, behind, beside the question, blah, bland, bogus, bomb, bootless, boyish, brainless, bromidic, bummer, caitiff capricious, careless, catchpenny, characterless, cheap, checked, cheesy, childish, childlike, clichéd, cloying, coarse, colorless, common, commonplace, confusing, contemptible, contemptible, controvertible, conventional, cool, corn, cornball, corny, corrupt, counterproductive, cowering, cracked, crap, crappy, craven, crazy, crud, cruddy, daffy, daft, dastardly, dazed, dead, deadpan, deficient, degraded, degrading, dejected, delayed, delusive, dense, dense, deplorable, depraved, despicable, destitute, detestable, devoid, diffident, dim, diminutive, dippy, directionless, dirty, disgraceful, dishonest, dishonorable, dismayed, disposable, disreputable, dizzy, dodo, doltish, dopy, dotterel, down, downtrodden, drab, drifting, drudging, dull, dumb, empty, empty-headed, erratic, evanescent, everyday, evildoer, excessive, exhausted, expendable, expressionless, facetious, failed, failing, faint-hearted, fallacious, false, fanciful, fatuous, fawning, featherbrained, feeble, feebleminded, fickle, flaky, flashy, flat, flighty, flimsy, flip, flippant, fool, fool around, foolish, for grins, forlorn, fortuitous, foul, freaked out, freaky, frightened, frivolous, frothy, fruitless, futile, gagged up, garbage, garish, gay, giddy, girlish, glitzy, goalless, good-for-nothing, goofy, green, gross, groundless, groveling, grungy, gullible, gutless, hackneyed, half-baked, half-witted, hang dog, harebrained, heedless, ho hum, hokey, hokum, hollow, hopeless, humble, humbling, humdrum, humiliating, idiotic, idle, ignoble, ignominious, ignorant, ill-advised, ill-considered, illogical, imbecile, immaterial, immature, immobile, immoral, impassive, implausible, impracticable, impractical, improbable, inadequate, inane, inapplicable, inappreciable, incidental, inconceivable, incongruous, inconsequential, inconsiderable, incredible, indelicate, indiscreet, indiscriminate, ineffective, ineffectual, inept, inessential, inexpressive, infamous, infantile, inferior, inglorious, inscrutable, insensate, insignificant, insincere, insipid, insufficient, interminable, inutile, irksome, irrational nonsensical, irrelevant, irresolute, irresponsible, jejune, jittery, joking, joshing, junky, juvenile, kid stuff, kooky, lacking courage, lame, late, laughable, lemon, lifeless, light, light-minded, lily-livered, little, loathsome, loony, loser, lousy, low, low-born, lowly, lowly, low-ranking, ludicrous, mangy, meager, mean, meaningless, measly, mediocre, menial, mentally incompetent, meretricious, microscopic, mindless, minor, minute, indecisive, miscarried, miscreant, miserable, modest, momentary, monkey, monotonous, moronic, moth-eaten, naive, needless, negligible, nervous, niggling, nihil ad rem, no bargain, no dice, no good, no guts, no place, no-account, nonessential, nonsensical, not at issue, not serious, not to the purpose, nothing, nowhere, nugatory, hopeless, nuts, nutty, objectless, obscure, obtuse, odd, off offensive, old hat, old-fashioned, ordinary, otiose, outcast, paltry, panicky, pathetic, pedestrian, peripheral, petty, piddling, pitiable, pitiful, platitudinous, playful, plebeian, pointless, poker-faced, poor, potty, pre-kindergarten, preposterous, primitive, profitless, proletarian, prosaic, puerile, puny, purposeless, pusillanimous, random, rash, ratty, raunchy, recreant, removable, repetitious, result less, retiring, rinky-dink, rotten, rough, routine, rubbishy, run scared, sappy, scandalous, scanty, scared, scatterbrained, screwy, scrubby, scurvy, second-rate, seemly, senseless, sentimental, servile, severe, shabby, shallow, shameful, shiftless, shoddy, shopworn, shrinking, shtick, shy, silly, simple, simple-minded, skin-deep, sleazy, slight, slimy, slow, sluggish, small, small time, soft, sordid, sorry, sorry lot, spineless, sportive, squalid, square, stale, stale, stark, stereotyped, sterile, stiff, stock, stodgy, stolid, stray, stuffy, stupefied, stupid, submissive, subnormal, superficial, superfluous, tame, tatty, tawdry, tedious, terrible, the subject, the willies, thick, thickheaded, thin, thoughtless, threadbare, timid, timorous, tired, tiresome, tiring, tomfool, tongue-in-cheek, transparent, trashy, trifling, tripe, trite, trivial, trumpery, ugly, unassuming, unavailing, unbelievable, uncommunicative, unconvincing, uncouth, underdeveloped, underfoot, underprivileged, undevelopedundirected, undistinguished, unessential, unexciting, unexpressive, unfit, ungrounded, unguided, unimaginative, unimportant, unintelligent, unmanly, unnecessary, unneeded, unoriginal, unpersuasive, unplanned, unpredictable, unpretentious, unproductive, unprofitable, unreal, unreasonable, unrefined, unrelated, unsatisfactory, unsophisticated, noncommital, unsubstantial, unsuccessful, unthinking, unusable, unvaried, unworthy, uselessvacant, vacuous, vagrant, vaguevain, valueless, vanishing, vapid, vile, plebeian, volatile, vulgar, wackywandering, wanton, waste, watery, wayward, weak, wearisome, well-worn, whimsical, white elephant, wide of the mark, wide of the point, wishful, wishy-washy, witless, worthless, wretched, or yucky. There are literally a thousand different uses for the slang version of "retarded" - (Quick note:) Usage-wise, it came before and set the precedence of the way we use "gay" in slang today - used correctly, they're practically interchangable. And let me add democrat! HA!