"Mentally Retarded" is a direct literal term. Folks need to get off their horse.
#3 | POSTED BY TFDNIHILIST AT 2019-09-08 10:11 AM | REPLY
It's called the Euphemism Treadmill.
"Retardation was first used in the psychiatric sense in 1895, and eventually replaced older terms " once neutral themselves " like moron, imbecile, idiot, feeble-minded and cretin." "The new term was subdivided into degrees of mild, moderate and severe mental retardation. These new technical terms were no doubt welcomed by those affected, as the previous names were being used as derogatory insults (as indeed they still are)."
"Since that time retardation has been gradually replaced by a variety of more acceptable (at least for now) terms including mentally handicapped, mentally impaired, mentally challenged, intellectually challenged, intellectually disabled, learning disabled, and developmentally disabled. The last two of course are broader terms that include other conditions not covered by the meaning of mental retardation."
As handicapped and disabled increasingly become slurs, the terms will move on to something else so people don't feel bad about them.
It's a never-ending cycle.