I saw on Yahoo that the young lady who is being groomed for NASCAR was in trouble for using the R word.
I thought to myself, what the heck is the R word. Before I read the rest of the article, I tried to guess what the R word was. Being Nascar, the best guess I could come up with was was redneck. No, to my surprise the word was retard.
The driver behind her hit her during a yellow flag. My guess is that is not the first time a driver who did something stupid, was called the R word.
The funny thing is, the term Retarded Development came into use as a replacement for moron, imbecile and idiot which had become see as pejoratives. They were just clinical terms for IQ ranges.
We all know that the young lady did not mean that the driver behind her really had retarded development. When she asked her spotter behind her “Who was that retard behind me?” she just wanted to know the name of the driver who did something so stupid.
People who talk like this in real life are shocked, shocked I tell you, when the media picks up and broadcasts other people getting caught doing exactly the same thing.
Any word that replaces a pejorative, quickly becomes a pejorative itself. NY State replaced its vocational high schools with a program called B.O,C.E.S, I don’t know what the letters stand for. The program was not in existence for a whole year before I heard on kid tell another, “You’re so Bocefied”.
AS bus drivers, we were strictly forbidden from using any term except “special ed” for our special ed students.
heard out office call one of our drivers on the radio to go pick up some special ed students. She asked, what kind of special ed students? In a voice dripping wit political correctness, the person just repeated the phrase. Finally the exasperated driver said, look, I need to know ifr I need the wheelchair bus, if these students can tell me where they live, do I need the school nurse, a facilitator or if I need a big strong aide to protect me.