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Retarded: hurtful or harmless?

May 3, 2013

“I did the stupidest thing today, I’m such a retard.” Similar phrases can be heard echoed throughout the halls of Carlmont. Nowadays calling something retarded is synonymous with being unintelligent or stupid. But what does the word “retard” really mean, and how did it adopt such a negative connotation? According to Merriam-Webster, the word retard means “a holding back or slowing...

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