Dave Wilton dave at WILTON.NET
Tue Mar 11 00:21:35 UTC 2008

I recall 'tard as a term of art from my elementary school days in the early
1970s. It predates South Park by a long, long way.

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Matthew Gordon
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Subject: Re: Retarded

South Park also uses the variant 'artar' as in the classic World of Warcraft
episode. At least I assume this is a phonological variant or 'retard'.

On 3/10/08 7:24 AM, "Wilson Gray" <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

> South Park clipped it to 'tard years ago and, as you would expect, if
> you're familiar with the show, it's applied to people.
> -Wilson
> On Fri, Mar 7, 2008 at 6:28 PM, Scot LaFaive <scotlafaive at>
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>>  I'd like to get other people's impressions on this adjective.
Personally, I
>>  use the word often but only when referring to inanimate objects, not
>>  or animals. It basically means "inane" or "idiotic" to me. I'm
interested in
>>  whether this adjective is becoming more an impersonal descriptor and if
>>  others also have moved away from using it on people and animals.
>>  Scot
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