Well, pending President Obama's signature, the words "mental retardation" will no longer be used in federal laws. Instead, the words "intellectual disability" will be used.
There is nothing wrong with the term "mental retardation." "Mental" generally means "of the mind." "Retardation" generally means "slowness" or "limitation." How is this term insulting? I just don't get it. I know people use the term "retard" in slang terms, but I personally don't feel we should be renaming everything that turns into slang. (How about the word "gay"? When I was a kid we used to say "that's so gay!" That's not politically correct anymore either.) And for that matter, how long until "intellectual disability" is deemed too insulting and is replaced with the new flavor of the month term?
I wonder if they are going to rewrite all of the federal laws to replace the term. That would be a fun project for all of the interns up on Capitol Hill.
Also, glad to see Congress is working on all the important stuff, like the tax cuts that are going to expire at the end of the year or putting together a budget for 2011 (which was due last spring).