I dislike the word retarded. Typing it even bothers me. I dont care for this word.. People use it instead of swearing, but to me I take offense. My 4 year old son is autistic, I had a lady once say to me " oh hes autistic, so that means he retarded" Umm no.. Hes quite smart he can speak 4 languages and he knows sign also. So when some one says, oh he is being retarded, really what do you mean?? Do you mean someone with special needs?? Someone who acts differently than you do.. Please chose your words.. I know it sounds silly, but you can even say Wow he is acting a fool, or acting wierd.. or something. You think you sound silly but at least you are not hurting someones feelings.