So Rahm Emanuel has apparently concluded the apology portion of his program and has entered the activist stage… in which he promises to join the campaign to stamp out the use of "retarded." As in, "Hey, you retard, saying 'retarded" is retarded!"
Or will he say the "R-word"?
Let's be clear. As with the N-word, that doesn't mean you can simply say "R-word" where you might have said "retarded" previously. I mean, you can't say, "Hey, N-word, shine my shoes already!" The letter designations serve to identify words you can't even hint at, but at the same time you need some way to refer to them in polite conversation which involves talking about some R-word N-word who was so uncouth that he used the actual words.
But now, so "R" equals "N"?
Unless there's a new algebra, I don't think so!
If it did, could I say "retarded" here without being suspected of being a racist? Or is that a geneticist? Well, you get the idea because you're not a R.
But this begs the bigger question… what happens, you know, somewhere out there, when two unspeakable words start vying for the same letter designation? Will we need to add a small vowel identifier? Nu-word"?
No-word on that yet.
And I should mention that I've used "retarded" more in the past few days than I have in my entire life. In fact, I don't think I've ever used it to characterize someone or something who/that wasn't retarded because the characterization always seemed, you know, retarded to me.
So once again we're indebted to liberals for enlightening us about an issue we didn't know existed. That's certainly not to say that no conservative ever uttered the word or that no conservative ever IS that word, it's imply that I've never heard it said by an adult before.. or what passes for an adult in Chicago.
But then Rahm is certainly more hip than I am… at least he was until now. Because now he can't say "retarded" anymore, and I can. Retarded, retarded, retarded. That makes me either a right-wing Timothy Leary or a dumb F-word!?!