Most Helpful Guy
Because actually retarded people know that they're retarded.. It's beyond their control and there are only few people who completely embrace that part of themselves.
When you call a not retarded person a retard, it'd be unreasonable and only makes you look stupid yourself.
If you said it to someone who actually is retarded however, it might be true but no one likes to have things pointed out that they're self conscious about.. Making them feel bad about something, they know, they'll never be able to change is simply not cool.
Most Helpful Girl
Retardation - being a retard is on the spectrum of IQ, or the lack of...
So it's factually correct, but it's considered rude... because it's seen as pointing it out or judging them for something they can't help/control.
If you just call a stupid people a retard (but is of mostly average intelligence) then that's a social commentary on the fact they do stupid things but they CAN help themselves do better in life... they just don't want to think... hence make stupid decisions.
So it's more socially acceptable, although still rude probably (unless it's called for).
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