Topic: Personal Commentary
Sometimes the Harbrace Handbook is just no damned use.
I was composing a memo today and was having difficulty settling on the right word. I had it narrowed down to two. Both worked, conveying the meaning I intended, but each word could be interpreted a different way.
I reference my trusty Harbrace. It's never far from me, y'know? But this is one of those rare occasions in which the H-book is silent in this regard.
So I pondered.
Which was the appropriate word to use? "Retard" or "Jackhole?"
I solicited input from a co-worker.
"Hard choice," She considered.
She wasn'y much help.
"Retard" really had the punch I was looking to convey, but the word has some baggage in that it's rather insensitive to the cognitively disabled.
"Jackhole" works alright though it lacks the indictment of mental function that "retard" provides. It does add a tone of vulgarity which is nice.
In the end, I succumbed to political correctness and chose "jackhole," completed the memo, and sent it off.