I understand what you and FLAsteel have said and am sensitve to it.Originally Posted by fordfixer
But the words retarded, idiot, etc. started out as valid medical terms. It wasn't until a derogatory meaning was attached and they began to be used in a mocking or mean-spirited fashion that they became "bad words".
Even if we assign another set of terms (e.g. "Special") - sooner or later insenstive people will use them in the same fashion and we will be looking for yet another set of terms.