I'm Up At Alpha Mom | Slurs and Hate Speech: The Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore
35 years after I first felt the pain of an ableist insult, “-tard” has suddenly become a politically fashionable suffix. It stems from the word “retard,” a word once used to refer to mentally disabled people that quickly took an insulting turn, and by the early 1980s, its sting was already significant. That its use in any form is still so common should be surprising. If only it were.