I'm being satirical, so Palin should be okay with it...

Do you mind if I talk about the retarded for a second?

Sorry, I left out a pretty important word there, which oddly enough, was the word, “word.”

Let me start again...

Do you mind if talk about the word retarded for a second?

Wait, why am I asking for your permission?  It’s my website.  I'll write whatever I want.

Anyway...

I could be wrong, but it seems to me that “retarded” is a perfectly fine word for describing someone that’s not behaving very intelligently.  I know the word was once used to officially describe people with certain medical conditions, but apparently those folks no longer want anything to do with it.  That’s fine, but why should everyone else have to give it up?  It’s not like the word was created for the explicit purpose of conveying a sense of hatred towards the mentally handicapped (which is why referring to it as the “r-word” is a bit silly).  The word "retard" literally means “slow.”  That’s how the term is used in music, baking and even science.

Look, when I’m in line at the grocery store and a lady in front of me is arguing that those 2 Liter bottles of Pepsi are supposed to be ringing up on sale, 2 for $3, and not $1.75 each, then insists that the bagger go to the soda isle and do a price check, there’s a very good chance that the phrase, “she is so retarded,” will pass through my mind.  Obviously, I’m not thinking that she’s mentally challenged or intellectually disabled or whatever the current politically correct word is.  I’m saying that person is too stupid to realize that they’re holding up a grocery line for fifty fucking cents!  Even someone with Klinefelter's syndrome would be more considerate than that.