Thursday, February 11, 2010


On the advice of Michael Bérubé, I'm retiring the words "retard", "moron", and other similar words used to deprecate another person's intellectual character. Instead, again on his advice, I will use the term "jackass". (When and if I refer directly to animal-rights activists, I will use the term "jackass-American".)

While I don't agree wholeheartedly with Bérubé's argument, the new term adequately expresses my dislike and contempt of people whose intellectual and moral character I strongly disapprove of, and it avoids offending those who I do not wish to offend and (justly or unjustly) who do take offense at the retired words. It's much easier to switch terms than to continue to argue the point, and I don't sacrifice the clear and direct expression of my indignation.

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