So up until this point, I have kept everything fairly light. I have had a few things on my mind lately that have been bothering me, so my apologies but I need to vent.
I absolutely hate when people something is retarded or gay. Then, they follow it up with calling someone ignorant.
Example: Someone told me a company policy was retarded, and I was ignorant for not going against it.
Correction: You, sir (or ma’am), are ignorant for your misuse of the retarded (or gay).
People are retarded or gay because they disagree with you. It makes you ignorant for misusing these words in this way. It is offensive. It is wrong. I won’t go all Merriam-Webster up in here to prove my point, but if you don’t believe me, check the definitions. Nowhere in a thesaurus will you find stupid or dumb as as a synonym for either.
If you are over the age of 14, you should know better than to do this. If you are over the age of 18, you have absolutely no excuse. Don’t try to come up with one because one does not exist. Ignorance is not an excuse. Sure, when I was younger and IGNORANT, I said these things because I did not know better, but then guess what? I grew up. I learned that they were offensive and wrong. I learned that there was a world beyond myself and even if these words did not apply to me, they applied to someone, and that person could be offended. So, I stopped misusing them. I chose better words in their place. You sound like a grown-up; there is no place for the misuse of these words in academia or the business world. It is to your benefit to just stop. It is to the benefit of parents to nicely correct their children.
I am not trying to change anyone’s life or say you are in the wrong and I am right. It just bothers me. I understand that there are multiple meanings for each word, but stupid or dumb is not one. It will not be one no matter how many people say it.
My main point is this: take a step back. think before you speak. why spread ignorance? find a better way to say how you feel or think, and in the long run, you will be better off and so will the world.