Do you or people you know still say “retarded”? Some people may use the term to describe their own awkward speech or actions, unaware that others may find it hurtful to hear—or overhear. “Retarded” is a word that carries such stigma that federal healthcare policy abandoned its use as a medical term in 2010.

Spread the Word is an organization that offers resources to help mitigate the casual use of “retarded” by providing conversational strategies that help illuminate why the word is problematic—even in reference to oneself—and tools to help promote inclusive language. The organization’s website even provides a sample dialogue to constructively engage with friends or family who use the R-word.

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