motownsaint wrote:1.) What's the current socially acceptable way to refer to someone who is authentically retarded?
2.) Approximately how long will it be until that term becomes taboo?
1.) Person first language almost always the correct choice. A person with cognitive disabilities, a person with mental disabilities, etc. opposed to a cognitively disabled person or a mentally disabled person.
2.) It is not, nor should it ever be, appropriate to use the immutable characteristics of a group or class of people in an insulting or derogatory fashion. Most of us learn this in about 3rd grade, about the time we get over calling people "poo-poo heads."