Saturday, October 10, 2009

R - The R-word.

Last year my sister told me that I had to stop using the R-word..."Retard"/"Retarded".

She told me that I had to take a pledge not to use that word anymore, because it is derogatory to people living with special needs.

Hmmm, good point sister...

I said okay, and she directed me to the Special Olympics website, where they have an online pledge for people to sign up and commit to not using the r-word anymore.

I signed up, pledging that I would stop using the r-word in my everyday conversations.

Initially I found it very difficult to refrain from dropping r-bombs. -- I never realized that the r-word was a staple in my vocabulary, and that I dropped it about a thousand times a day! It took me quite awhile to come up with new ways to express myself.


Anyways, now I am a changed woman.

There have been a couple of times that I have slipped, and the r-word has come out of my mouth, but for the most part I am doing pretty good...

Anyone else interested in taking the r-word pledge?!


  1. I haven't said this since I first stepped into anti-oppression training in high school.
    "Gypped" was hard to remove from my vocabulary, and even though I've been told it's offensive, i have a hard time not saying "lame." And thankfully, I've never said "That's so gay."

  2. It's an old term used to refer to people who were physically disabled. However, I don't think anyone uses it in that sense anymore, so I don't have as much of a problem using it as other words - I still use it. When you think of it, there's probably a lot of terms in common vocabulary that have offensive connotations, and it's hard to isolate all of them.

  3. Oh I agree completely...

    It's actually really hard to keep up with what is okay, and what is not okay to say these days...

    When it comes to the r-word, I have stopped because it was pointed out to me that it is not a good word because it is hurtful to many people. -- Had my sister not pointed it out to me, I would still be dropping r-bombs like crazy...

    I know that a lot of people don't know or realize that some of their vocabulary could be offensive to others(I am sure that I still have some words in my vocabulary that are questionable that I am not even aware of) and in the case of the r-word, I think that a lot of people probably just aren't aware...I know I wasn't!

  4. Jeffrey Vallis has a similar, recent blog about saying, "That's so gay..."