WIBU to pull him up on using this word?

(50 Posts)
MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:18:53

The R word.

Someone said it on Facebook tonight because he didn't agree with someone's opinion. I told him it's a vile and offensive term and that he has no moral high ground using that word. His family members told me not to read his posts if I don't like it hmm. Lovely bunch of people that they are.
Was I over reacting, or am I right to be so annoyed that someone who is apparently "well educated" would use this word as an insult?!

HermanHedgehog Sat 14-Nov-15 20:20:57

What's the R word?

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:21:05

retard

BondJayneBond Sat 14-Nov-15 20:21:13

Um.

I'm probably being a bit slow on the uptake, but I have no idea what the "R word" is. confused

PaulAnkaTheDog Sat 14-Nov-15 20:21:19

Retard? Yanbu.

BondJayneBond Sat 14-Nov-15 20:21:29

X-posted

PaulAnkaTheDog Sat 14-Nov-15 20:22:04

Posted as you said. Yanbu.

BondJayneBond Sat 14-Nov-15 20:21:58

And YANBU.

DoreenLethal Sat 14-Nov-15 20:22:20

If someone did that on my facebook feed they wouldn't be there for a second longer.

Sirzy Sat 14-Nov-15 20:22:19

Yanbu, that word should have no place in modern society and is only used as an insult.

Penfold007 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:24:21

I's block a person who thought that was an acceptable word.

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:26:38

He's definitely blocked. He is mutual friends with someone else who I know so he wasn't on my list, but luckily I won't have to see his name pop up again.

TillITookAnArrowToTheKnee Sat 14-Nov-15 20:29:47

Retard, mong, duhhh all give me the rage.

YADNBU.

hazeyjane Sat 14-Nov-15 20:30:46

I would share this with him

specialolympicsblog.wordpress.com/2012/10/23/an-open-letter-to-ann-coulter/ - a letter from Special Olympics athlete and global messenger John Franklin Stephens, who has Downs Syndrome, to Ann Coulter after she tweeted the word during a presidential debate.

goldglittershitter Sat 14-Nov-15 20:32:08

Yanbu, disgraceful word to use.

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:34:10

Same here Tilll. It really pisses me off.
The thing is, one of his family members had the cheek to tell me the definition! As if it's ok to use that word because oh it's in the dictionary.

Absolute bell ends.

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:38:25

hazeyjane John said it perfectly there in that open letter! smile

hazeyjane Sat 14-Nov-15 20:41:06

I love this bit

After I saw your tweet, I realized you just wanted to belittle the President by linking him to people like me. You assumed that people would understand and accept that being linked to someone like me is an insult and you assumed you could get away with it and still appear on TV......Well, Ms. Coulter, you, and society, need to learn that being compared to people like me should be considered a badge of honor

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 20:46:47

Me too! smile

MrsWembley Sat 14-Nov-15 20:47:08

Call him on it, call his family members on it, post that wonderful letter and then block the fuckwit.

BogusCatAndTheFuzz Sat 14-Nov-15 20:53:51

The one and only time this word is acceptable is when used in relation to medication. And most Pharma companies are now clued up enough to use Slow Release (SR) instead. This word has no place in modern society.

And the speech linked above was amazing.

whooshbangprettycolours Sat 14-Nov-15 20:55:41

Cull your friends

IPityThePontipines Sat 14-Nov-15 20:58:44

YANBU. I don't let the use of that word pass. BogusCat is right about Pharma companies too.

Houseworkavoider Sat 14-Nov-15 21:01:21

Yanbu. I agree that the linked letter is amazing and well worth sharing with people uneducated enough to not understand how wrong using this word in that context is.

MascaraAndConverse89 Sat 14-Nov-15 21:08:19

When his father started piping up I said he must be so proud of his son, to which he said "extremely proud".
I said he must have pretty low standards then.
Then he said if having a well educated son is having low standards then hey I have low standards.

I nearly choked when he said "well educated".

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