Today is Spread the Word to End the Word day -- meaning don't use the word "retard" as an insult or to describe something as less-than, no matter how casually or lightly. Here's what I had to say on the matter, with my characteristic delicacy, in Ellen Seidman's parenting column on Babble.com (thank you, Ellen):
And just in case you've not seen Lauren Potter's and Jane Lynch's Not Acceptable video, or could use a re-viewing, here 'tis. (But don't read the comments unless you are easily irked.) "