Is using the phrase "that's retarded" offensive?
April 25, 2012 9:27 AM Subscribe
"That's retarded." Offensive, or not offensive?
Also, if offensive, help me come up with an alternative to my life/work philosophy, which is "Don't Be Retarded."
posted by eleyna to Human Relations (85 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
When someone says: "That's retarded," is that offensive to you? Is it generally considered to be in poor taste to use the word "retarded" to mean something that is senseless, absurd, illogical, irrational, ridiculous, etc?
Here's the deal. We do so many things at my workplace (and I see so many things in my life) that make no sense, and that make us look ridiculous as a company. Thus, I have adopted a personal motto of "Don't be retarded." It cuts to the core of this concept of *not* doing things that are ridiculous, and fixing things that you find that are completely wacky, and not perpetuating the culture of stupidity, etc.
I don't share the motto often (it's not something I bring up in meetings or anything), but occasionally I find myself making references to "this goes against my policy," and so it will come up... and the last thing in the world I want to do is offend anyone.
So, I have two questions:
1) Is using the word "retarded" offensive?
2) If so, help me find an alternative way of succinctly expressing my life/work philosophy. "Don't be ridiculous," doesn't work for me. It's not strong enough. I need something better.