Is calling someone retarded ever funny? Answers: No., Yes., I would... Poll
If this is you, you just need to stop using words like this. No judgment or shame. Just stop using them. But now you do. So, stop.
Top definition. A word used to describe someone who is profoundly stupid. A type of stupidity that is an insult to intelligence itself. Politically correct people would like you to be rude to someone in a less offensive way, perhaps by calling them dumb instead. This ignores the fact that dumb, idiot, and many other similar insults used today were all old-timey technical terms for retards. It also ignores the fact that any word used to describe someone of below average ability in any area is an insult to someone with average ability or higher in that area.
Retard , when used as a verb is to refer to delay or hold back in terms of progress or development, or to be delayed. It is also used as an informal term to refer to a foolish or stupid person, though this informal usage has been viewed by many as controversial, mainly due to confusion to the words' history as a medical term. The word "retard" originally came from Latin, a synonym of "slow". It entered the English language in the 15th century, and was used to refer to delaying or holding back in terms of progress or development. These words were discontinued in that form when concerns arose that they were offensive, with "retard" and "retarded" replacing them. In , despite not typically being used in official context, "mental retardation" was still written in many of the United States' laws and documents, considered by many to be outdated. Barack Obama replaced the term with "intellectual disability" with the approval of Rosa's Law —which would require these laws and documents to phase out the terms with the "intellectual disability" term.