Things like hateful racist slurs, said by the aggressor only to make someone feel worse about themselves, that’s where I draw the line. If we’re going to proclaim that you can’t say the word ‘retarded’ about an inanimate object, you may as well take away ‘moron’, ‘imbecile’, ‘idiot’, ‘looney’, ‘spaz’, etc as well. Because at one point all of these words were meant to describe the mentally challenged. Anyone who is learned on the subject knows that words go through periods of degradation and elevation, it is how language works. Words change over time.
We can’t police words, we must police the meaning and context behind those words. One could argue that when I called the guy ‘retarded’, I crossed that line. But I was simply trying to use sarcasm to show the difference in context. I thought that should be obvious to anyone onlooking.
As far as being offended? Quite frankly, I think one should be an adult and grow some thicker skin. So what you’re offended? That doesn’t mean anything to me, or anyone. It is subjective. I’m offended by your offense. What now?