this is an aberration of political correctness. "retarded", literally means stunted in growth or development. it applies perfectly to 95% of political actions and better than 80% of, "as seen on tv...!", products.
it developed a negative social
connotation when it became synonymous with "stupid".
from webster, online:
slow of mind : obtuse b : given to unintelligent decisions or acts : acting in an unintelligent or careless manner c : lacking intelligence or reason : brutish
words have concrete meanings. when we (try to)change them to suit social or political desires, we deconstruct our language, and "retard" our society.
i, personally, am retarding. i retard
ignorance, constrain it with definition, and crush it with will, wit and the light of truth!
it is so easy to be offended, and so difficult to educate with grace.