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Should the word "retard" be banned?

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Started: 12/24/2015 Category: Society
Updated: 1 year ago Status: Post Voting Period
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Darreion

Con

Spread the Word to End the Word: A Farce

Many supporters of the non-profit organization "Spread the Word to End the Word," and others who believe the word "retard" should be banned from our vocabulary, argue that the word is offensive to those who are handicapped. While I agree with this assertion, I should mention that the word retard, as with many other words, can display a myriad of meanings.

Mental retardation is the scientific term for someone with a mental disability. That being said, it truly comes as no surprise that society would come to refer to them as "retards." However, before the usage of the word retard, people would refer to mentally challenged individuals as "morons." In theory, we should hold the word moron to the same standard as the word retard, but we have yet to see any campaigns picketing for such a change. In fact, we use the word moron today to describe someone that we find unintelligent or incompetent; sometimes, it is even used as a playful insult.

The idea behind the two words is the same: they both are used to describe someone with a mental disability, and are both used colloquially to describe someone who is stupid. Such is the nature of language that words should manifest themselves in various ways. It is that way for a reason. Language is a rudimentary form of communication when every individual thought and feeling is taken into account. It only makes sense that words should hold various meanings because the vast range of emotions and ideas that human beings are capable of experiencing cannot realistically be represented in written form.

In summary, while people may find certain words to be offensive, that does not give them the right to take their meaning out of context and petition to issue a ban on them. After all, you cannot kill an idea.
finches

Pro

No. People use so many derogatory terms for insults, such as imbecile and moron, which are actually terms for very low IQs (below 40, I believe so), and the word retard is one of them. It used to be an actual term, but now the official term is 'Intellectual Disability' and not 'Retarded'. People who do have intellectual disabilities often are completely fine with the term.

Above all, I really think it should be up to the people who have intellectual disabilities to decide this, plus you can't really ban a word, only discourage its use.
Debate Round No. 1
Darreion

Con

I'm not sure that you understand the terms here. You're supposed to be the one supporting the ban on the word. Everything you just stated is similar to what I've said and argues against banning the word.
finches

Pro

finches forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 2
Darreion

Con

Darreion forfeited this round.
finches

Pro

finches forfeited this round.
Debate Round No. 3
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Posted by AWSM0055 1 year ago
AWSM0055
@DATXDUDE lol, I see what you did there
Posted by DATXDUDE 1 year ago
DATXDUDE
Anyone who agrees with this resolution is retarded.
Posted by Sam7411 1 year ago
Sam7411
When the government begins to ban words we are one day closer to Big Brother.
Posted by Robkwoods 1 year ago
Robkwoods
Brilliant assertion.
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