Actually THIS is retarded.
It is a post about the word retarded.
The thing is…some yahoo named Diesel tagged me in “The Retarded Meme” . (Actually he is some Google named Diesel…but you’ll have to read up on Mattress Police to truly understand.)
Wouldn’t ya think if you bought a guy’s book he would tag you in
“The Brilliant Meme” ?
Or at least
“The Thank You Meme” ?
Then again…now that I think about it….I actually bought three copies of his book. I guess that pretty much explains why I’ve been tagged for his “Retarded Meme”
(note to self…remove name and email address from mailing list for upcoming novel, Mercury Falls .)
Apparently it all started when Diesel and Mrs. Diesel (commonly referred to as “the Saint” ) were commenting over Big Fat Tacos, about a newspaper article reporting the ridiculousness of a campaign to get people to stop using the word “retarded” because of some scene in the movie “Tropic Thunder.”
For reasons beyond my understanding, a series of events unfolded, resulting in Diesel’s desire to be the number one retarded site on the Internet.
Where in Sam Hill is that loveable banshee,
Grûndir the Implacable, Nazgûl and Meme-Wraith when you need him?
I know half of you are scrunching up your brow and cringing just a bit cause the word “retarded” is frequently used in conjunction with the word “mentally.”
For the most part when you hear someone say, “that’s retarded” or “you’re retarded” or
“don’t be so retarded” it is a reflection of how they perceive your apparent lack of mental aptitude.
To those who have a family member who is mentally challenged this can be offensive. Indeed it is usually meant to be offensive and derogatory.
That however, is a very limited view.
In some cases it is a wonderful word…as in “Flame Retarded.” Watching footage of the out-of-control southern California fire…I bet people wish their homes were Flame Retarded
WITHOUT the reference to mental…
the definitions include:
cause to move more slowly
operate at a slower rate
decelerate: lose velocity
deceleration: a decrease in rate of change
the extent which something is delayed/held back
any agent that retards, delays, hinders
How dare anyone try to get me to stop using such a perfectly good word as retarded !!
The Rules according to Diesel are:
1. You must write a post using the word retarded. I don't care what it's about -- Joe Biden, teenage boys wearing girls' pants, whatever.
3. You are encouraged to tag five other bloggers to do the same.
this is a tough assignment…I don’t want to offend anyone…but Diesel is sooo encouraging…and I think these people would appreciate him.
The Queen of Memes ~ Mimi Writes
(cause she understands importance of tagging)
Matt-Man ~ Bagwine Ruminations
(cause he will be hysterically offensive)
Sandee ~ Comedy Plus
(cause I KNOW she has a retarded joke)
Linda ~ Are We There Yet?
(cause she has a teenager and they use the term)
Here Comes A Storm…In The Form Of A Girl
(cause I get her sense of humor, she has a teenager, and her blog name is as long as mine…the trifecta of tagging)
and Diesel….you owe me a Big Fat Taco.