Lilac (meatball42) wrote in dw_britglish,
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DO people use 'retard' as an insult in Britain? Specifically Wales?

*edit*
Thanks for your responses, people! To be more specific, I am looking for intentionally hurtful language; the circumstances in my fic include physical/mental violence against the character also being called whatever insult I end up picking, and it's set in the early 90s.

In my experience, retard is considered really offensive in the US, although in the sense of 'the teachers hate it when we say it so let's just say it as much as we can.' In college, I mainly hear it on sports teams, for what that's worth.
Tags: slang, specific phrases, word choice
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