Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Sat Nov 3 14:08:56 UTC 2012

On Nov 3, 2012, at 9:56 AM, Jonathan Lighter wrote:

> This means "stupid." Whether it's an attempted euphemism for "retarded" or
> just teen fun with words is beyond my ken.

Maybe either a back-formation, on the assumption that "retarded" involves the "re" = 'again' prefix, or a derivation from the (truncated) noun "tard"?  (Many thousands of G-hits for "he's such a tard")/


> 2006
> http://www.amazon.com/Terrible-Love-War-James-Hillman/product-reviews/0143034928/ref=cm_cr_pr_hist_1?ie=UTF8&filterBy=addOneStar&showViewpoints=0
> :To single out Christianity as war mongers is tarded, the whole world is
> and has been into wars.
> Many thousands of G-hits.
> JL
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