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#1 Denis W.

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:21

Thanks to our country's bilingualism (on consumer products anyways), things like this can just happen:
 
 
 

Soft drink giant Coca-Cola is apologizing after an Edmonton woman found the words "You Retard" inscribed inside a cap on a bottle of Vitamin Water recently.
 
"Very, very unfortunate that this happened," said spokesperson Shannon Denny. "We apologize to our consumers for this."
 
The words are part of a promotion for Vitamin Water where random French and English words are printed on the caps, she said.
 
"Retard" is a French word meaning late.
 
"The chances were so slim through this random process," said Denny adding that not anticipating the potential word pairings was a mistake.
 
"The promotion has been cancelled," Denny said. "We are stopping production of all of the bottles using those caps with words. And any caps we have within our inventory are being destroyed."


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#2 vcfan

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:42

they are right. you are a retard for buying vitamin water.



#3 Marshall

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 03:55

What kind of social life does this woman have if she's offended by a bottle cap calling her a retard. :/



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:00

What kind of social life does this woman have if she's offended by a bottle cap calling her a retard. :/

 

Apparently one of the complaints mentioned in tonight's newscast had a disabled daughter.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:02

My Toyota pickup is offended since when manifold vacuum is reduced its ignition timing is retarded.

It is only happy and advanced when exactly the right amount of air enters.



#6 Marshall

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:07

Apparently one of the complaints mentioned in tonight's newscast had a disabled daughter.

 

Ahhh, that makes a little more sense then. Shame on me.



#7 Raze

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:12

Tu es en retard


#8 brianshapiro

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 04:16

"Retard" is a French word meaning late.

 

Means the same thing in English,

 

re·tard 

verb (used with object)
1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
2. to be delayed.
noun
3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
 
Because the English is derived from the French,
 
retard 
late 15c., from Fr. retarder (13c.), from L. retardare (see retardation). The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense "retardation, delay;" from 1970 in offensive meaning "retarded person," originally Amer.Eng., with accent on first syllable
 

Journalists need to learn English.



#9 jakem1

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 06:15

Means the same thing in English,

 

re·tard 

verb (used with object)
1.to make slow; delay the development or progress of (an action, process, etc.); hinder or impede.verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
2. to be delayed.
noun
3. a slowing down, diminution, or hindrance, as in a machine.
 
Because the English is derived from the French,
 
retard 
late 15c., from Fr. retarder (13c.), from L. retardare (see retardation). The noun is recorded from 1788 in the sense "retardation, delay;" from 1970 in offensive meaning "retarded person," originally Amer.Eng., with accent on first syllable
 

Journalists need to learn English.

 

It's also a derogatory term for disabled people as you well know.  The woman was right to object because the message is offensive and Coca Cola should have been more careful when producing the messages.



#10 Torolol

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 07:07

You RT

#11 Hum

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:01

.... found the words "You Retard" inscribed inside a cap on a bottle.

 

In some cases, the printing is accurate. :p



#12 Bertch

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:09

They also had one that said douche, which means shower in French.



#13 +techbeck

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:13

Am I the only one who found that funny?



#14 Zlain

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:14

You lost time drinking your cola to read this message. I see no cause for complaint. 



#15 brianshapiro

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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:39

It's also a derogatory term for disabled people as you well know.  The woman was right to object because the message is offensive and Coca Cola should have been more careful when producing the messages.

 

I'm not saying she didn't have a right to complain. Just saying only the combination of the words "you" and "retard" is what makes it sound like it has the derogatory meaning. I've seen articles that have suggested the word, in any context, is derogatory, when its not.