Language. And Its Impact.

30 04 2008

In a post Yes, It Is Offensive to the Target Group people speak out about terms like retarded, crazy, lame and others.

I have to admit that I originally wasn’t ready to purge lame from my vocabulary as I saw it as a temporal kind of disability that wasn’t necessarily a reflection simply on the human body. But just as “gay” became synomous with “stupid” or “lame” in the late 80s, it should be clear that if “gay” = “lame” then neither term is acceptable. It is a primarily physical term that has morphed its use so that now anything can be considered “lame” without reference to the body.

How about “stupid”? Should that be avoided as well?