Chewing Gum, I'm neither advocating nor disadvocating it. I'm merely commenting on the phenomenon of transference which takes place and is evidenced by political correctness. 'Retard' is 'distinct and brimming with attitude' not because of some inherent quality of the word itself, but rather because the condition which it symbolizes is not seen as a desirable one. No one wants to be a 'retard'. Not because the word 'retard' sounds bad, but because they don't want to be accused of the connotations that come along with condition which the word symbolizes. Same goes for 'mentally challenged', 'learning disabled', 'special', etc... Same goes for 'negro', 'colored', 'nigger', 'black', 'mulatto', 'octaroon', 'indian', 'native american', etc, etc, etc... Although these latter examples symbolize concepts which are not inherently insulting but are rather pushed down to insults due to social condition. One doesn't have to be taught that it wouldn't be a good thing to be retarded, it's a natural assumption. I glanced over the posts in this thread and I saw it mentioned that this is a power game. Labeling is power, in a way, but changing the label applied to you is not going to change the stigma attached to the underlying condition. You can call it 'super-happy-fun condition' and still no one will wish it on themselves or the ones they care about. People spend so much time playing with the shadows on the wall and completely ignoring the real things that are casting the shadows. This is one of the drawbacks to language, however it has many more benefits which offset the drawbacks, of course. Baron Max, Well, that would be that power thing mentioned earlier in the thread. On page two if I recall. People wish to name themselves. I'm actually surprised the custom of naming your children is still so prevalent. I kinda like the idea of child-names and adult-names. The former given to you by your parents/elders while the latter is taken upon yourself and is something of a duty which you must maintain throughout your life. People need more responsibility than is currently trendy.