Join effort to encourage people to strike ‘r-word’ from their usage

By Letters to the Editor

To the Editor:
In the past, terms like “mental retardation” or “mentally retarded” were medical terms with clinical meanings. Today, however, the words “retard” and “retarded” are used widely to insult someone, or as synonyms for “dumb” or “stupid.” It is common to hear someone say, “That is so retarded” or “Don’t be such a retard.”

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