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#4923 - 08/04/00 04:04 AM Re: orphan Joined: Aug 2000
Posts: 31 michaelo
Joined: Aug 2000
Long Beach, CA, USA
"Stupid" is worthy of attention. I'll bet there are plenty of mentally deficient parents doing an admirable job of raising children. I perhaps used the word "stupid" too casually for a text-based discussion. I was thinking of a news story where 2 supposedly "normal" parents left an 8-year-old to take care of a 2-year-old while they went on a weekend getaway skiing trip. These children ended up in family services.
I hear and read the word "stupid" so often I guess I have become numb to its core meaning. Also, being marginally trained in psychology/psychiatry nomenclature I am very specific when referring to mental conditions or states. Other words that come to mind are "idiot" "moron" and "cretin" but these too come from a rather clinical background.
It's difficult for me to think of a word, one with import and feeling, that describes those that are selfish, rude, discompassionate, one-sided, etc. "Unthoughtful" is way too nice; "jerk" a little childish; and the current usage of "vulgar" isn't accurate.
My initial post spawned from the "PC" discussion and I guess this is PC issue also. So what's the PC word preference for "stupid" — one that's not demeaning to other groups but one that is forceful and shows disgust?
PS: This is a great group! I spent over 4 hours reading
way too many posts into the wee hours last night.
Entire Thread Subject Posted By Posted orphan michaelo 08/03/00 01:01 AM Re: orphan Jackie 08/03/00 01:44 AM Re: orphan michaelo 08/03/00 03:16 AM Re: orphan Jackie 08/03/00 12:30 PM Re: orphan william 08/03/00 02:14 PM Re: orphan Jackie 08/03/00 03:15 PM Re: orphan michaelo 08/04/00 04:04 AM Re: stupid jmh 08/04/00 07:25 AM Re: stupid Jackie 08/04/00 01:19 PM Re: orphan tsuwm 08/04/00 02:42 PM Re: orphan michaelo 08/04/00 10:09 PM Re: Belfast Fishwoman jmh 08/05/00 03:11 PM Re: Belfast Fishwoman william 08/05/00 06:06 PM Re: Belfast Fishwoman jmh 08/05/00 09:45 PM Re: Belfast Fishwoman Jackie 08/06/00 08:55 PM Re: orphan TEd Remington 08/06/00 04:00 PM Re: orphan Brandon 08/03/00 05:21 PM Re: orphan jmh 08/03/00 08:29 PM Re: orphan tsuwm 08/04/00 03:01 PM Re: orphan Jackie 08/05/00 12:23 AM Re: orphan jackiemw 08/03/00 02:29 PM
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