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Old 05-11-2012, 07:10 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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of course the word lunatic is offensive and would be hurtful, but fortunately those nut-jobs have more pressing matters on their mind like why their dog is speaking German to them.
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Old 05-11-2012, 10:39 AM
 
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I think that many older people such as myself, have seen so many words replaced by politically correct words that are long and cumbersome. Please do not be offended when an older person uses older words in a nice manner. It IS what they are accustomed to and they are not as quick to adapt. What I don't like is how we dance around a definition with words such as "mentally challenged", etc. Obviously the word "retard" has become insulting because so many people use it in an insulting manner. A kinder word we older people once used was "slow". See what I mean?
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Old 05-11-2012, 03:06 PM
 
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BBC News - How offensive is the word 'lunatic'?

"Two US senators have proposed to excise the word "lunatic" from federal law, calling it outdated and offensive. What are the word's origins and why is it so offensive?
The word "lunatic" has been codified into US law so long it has outlasted its currency in the psychiatric profession."
I think they're both a couple of lunatics for even thinking such a thing....a lunatic can mean an insane person....but it can also mean an extremely foolish person...or persons in this case.
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Old 05-11-2012, 05:09 PM
 
Location: St. Louis
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I think that many older people such as myself, have seen so many words replaced by politically correct words that are long and cumbersome. Please do not be offended when an older person uses older words in a nice manner. It IS what they are accustomed to and they are not as quick to adapt. What I don't like is how we dance around a definition with words such as "mentally challenged", etc. Obviously the word "retard" has become insulting because so many people use it in an insulting manner. A kinder word we older people once used was "slow". See what I mean?
I do agree with this. I'm 53 and I grew up saying someone was retarded and meaning it in the kindest way. Then I worked with retarded kids and got tired of trying to explain to non-laymen that ID means intellectually disabled, since most had only just figured out what MR is. The problem is that no matter how kind the term is, someone is going to pick up on it and use it in an unkind way and I'm not sure that the answer is to keep changing the terminology. Incidentally, when we were discussing a child among ourselves, we would use the term low, and again not in a mean way but as a shorthand for "this is what you'll be dealing with, with this child." I never heard anyone use that term in an unkind way.

Our church denomination had this on a much bigger scale. It's one of those PA Dutch denominations and word got out that a really nasty cult had taken part of our name and we toyed around with changing it to get away from the stigma but we ultimately decided not to b/c someone will always come along and take your name. As Dolleyes says: Own it. And I'm thinking that since we are a shrinking denomination, while we are busy telling people what we're not, maybe some will take notice and figure out what we are.
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Old 09-26-2013, 02:39 PM
 
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being called a lunatic is offensive and humiliating, my teacher calls me 'the lunatic'.
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