Definition of RETARDED
: slow or limited in intellectual or emotional development or academic progress
(see 4b-what it has become)
/rɪˈtɑrd, for 1–3, 5; ˈritɑrd for 4/ Show Spelled [ri-tahrd, for 1–3, 5; ree-tahrd for 4] Show IPA
verb (used with object)
1. to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.
verb (used without object)
2. to be delayed. noun
3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
4. Slang: Disparaging.
a. a mentally retarded person.
b. a person who is stupid, obtuse, or ineffective in some way: a hopeless social retard.
5. Automotive, Machinery . an adjustment made in the setting of the distributor of an internal-combustion engine so that the spark for ignition in each cylinder is generated later in the cycle.
To a point-she is "handi-capped" we now use the term "special needs". What we don't realize is how much people with special needs understand what is being said about them. I don't know if it would hurt Asia's feelings if I told someone she was "retarded"? She can not tell me. (I would never say that) I would also hope that the people asking me if she is, is truly asking if she has a developmental disorder. Often we don't know how they actually feel inside, these special people just can not express themselves. I believe they do know they are different and they do have a desire to be "normal" just like everyone else. I assume for most, they just want to be treated that way as well. The new "R" word is respect. The older Asia gets I think she will have to deal with ignorant people more and more-both peers and adults. It breaks my heart to think that it hurts her feelings when someone is talking negatively about her and when she gets older it will effect her even more. No one knows the daily struggles of the special needs person. The physical and mental pain they go through can be excruciating. The inability to communicate, express emotion and physical limitations are so frustrating. Always show kindness and respect-Take the pledge!