[Ads-l] ADS-L Digest - 6 Oct 2021 to 7 Oct 2021 (#2021-118)

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Sun Oct 10 17:50:00 UTC 2021

I recently learned a term using the -tard combining form:


It's a blend of intern & retard.

The fact that I learned it from a (now former) community college VP is a 
bit disturbing, but there it is.

---Amy West

On 10/8/21 00:00, ADS-L automatic digest system wrote:
> Date:    Fri, 8 Oct 2021 03:15:44 +0000
> From:    "Baker, John"<JBAKER at STRADLEY.COM>
> Subject: Re: f------d
> Does “fucktard” really only go back to the 1990s?  I didn’t check HDAS or The F-Word, but Green has it only as early as 1994.  It feels like I’ve heard it a lot longer than that.
> It’s pretty striking to see “fucktard” spelled out right in the headline, in a story that elides “faggot” as “f—t.”  Since “-tard” obviously derives from “retarded,” the case for elision would seem at least equally as strong.  On the other hand, I’m not sure I would know what to make of a sentence in a news story that someone was called a “f------d.”
> John Baker

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