Retard when used as a noun is a pejorative word used to refer to people with mental disabilities. The word retard was widely accepted in the late-1900s to refer to people with mental disabilities; however it is now more commonly used as an insult. The word has gained notoriety for causing a growing number of mentally disabled people to feel unfairly stereotyped.
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|Instead, people use retard when they want to call their friend stupid, an idiot, or a loser.||2|
|"The Uses and Implications of the Term "Retarded" on YouTube". www.academia.edu. Retrieved 2015-10-||1|
|older terms for the mentally disabled, like moron, imbecile, feeble minded and idiot, had developed negative meanings||0|
|Retard has transitioned from an impartial term to one that is negatively loaded.||0|
|It was widely accepted to refer to people who are mentally disabled as mentally retarded, or as a retard.||0|
― sarahell, Monday, 23 January 2017 07:17 (four years ago)