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I realize this is old news, but I didn't see any discussion of it. It leads into a bigger discussion, anyway.
I was unaware that, a couple of months ago, President Obama signed Rosa's Law, which basically removed the phrase "mental retardation" (or any derivitave thereof) from just about any official government language. In it's place, we have the phrase "intellectual disability".
Now, it may just be me, but I find the new "official" phrase to sound much worse. "Mental retardation" just means someone thinks a bit slower than others. "Intellectual disability" makes it sound like their entire mind is broken somehow. I really don't see how this helps or changes anything.
On top of that, I find it silly that anyone's time is being wasted on such a pointless issue. I'll admit that I've used to word retarded in the past to describe things and people that are not literally mentally retarted. I've also used the word gay to describe things and people that are not literally homosexual (leaving out the fact that the word really just means "happy" and the fact that one group has claimed the word suddenly means no one can use it to mean something else ). To me, words are just words and people can either give them power or ignore them.
I realize it's politics and that they have to bow to certain interests. I also realize that this is a very small thing and really doesn't affect me in any way whatsoever. I'm not really including those factors in my argument. I'm just wondering what you fine folks think about PC language. Is there a certain point where it becomes ridiculous? Should PC language always be considered since we could possibly hurt someone's feelings or is it simply too much to ask to keep up with what every single group wants to be called?
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