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Doesn't retard in French mean late? Were they just trying to say your late? 

Yes, it means delay.

 

So the answer is, Yes it doesn't mean 'late' it means 'delay'.

 

You should ask questions starting with ''does''.

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Maybe she had up's?

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I can't understand why (usually people from the u.s.a. in my experience) make nasty comments like 'retard' & 'dumb' to people to call them stupid.

 

Call them stupid.

 

Dumb means cannot speak and retard is offensive as it is a medical condition associated with young children that were born that way.

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I feel somewhat better knowing that we are aren't the only country in the world has has idiots who aren't afraid to show the world how big an idiot that they are.

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I can't understand why (usually people from the u.s.a. in my experience) make nasty comments like 'retard' & 'dumb' to people to call them stupid.

 

Call them stupid.

 

Dumb means cannot speak and retard is offensive as it is a medical condition associated with young children that were born that way.

Same reason people use the word "lame" to say something is stupid and don't worry about offending crippled people. 

 

"Stupid" also comes from the meaning of "stupor", like in being "struck stupid," so it has a similar origin. By the original meaning, someone who is on heavy drugs, alcohol, or has lack of sleep is in a stupor, and so is stupid. This was carried over into an description to apply to people who were slow-witted as if they were always in a stupor. "Dumb" also doesn't only refer to mutes, but also people who have been "struck dumb" -- ie left unable to speak. So, that was carried over into a description to apply to who can't seem to be articulate or put thoughts into words. 

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Yes, it means delay.

 

So the answer is, Yes it doesn't mean 'late' it means 'delay'.

 

You should ask questions starting with ''does''.

 

It can mean both late and delay depending on the context.

 

Tu es en retard = you're late

Il y a un retard = There's a delay

 

This story reminds me when i was young me and my parents went to an aquarium on a trip to White Mountain. There was a seal show and i since i was young i was impressed and was talking about it in french with my mom.

 

The thing to know is seal in french is phoque. And yes its pronunciation is close enough to f*** to sound like it. So to people around us what i was saying was incomprehensible but they were still getting the f*** part ;) No need to say other parents were looking at me with angry eyes and my mom kept telling to **** up lol

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The thing to know is seal in french is phoque. And yes its pronunciation is close enough to f*** to sound like it. So to people around us what i was saying was incomprehensible but they were still getting the f*** part ;) No need to say other parents were looking at me with angry eyes and my mom kept telling to **** up lol

 

Speaking of language funnies - saying "that" in Mandarin sounds like the N word if you alter your accent slightly. :P

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