This term is widely considered to be
This term is generally agreed to be offensive toward a person or group of people. We strongly recommend you do not use this term and instead use a term not usually thought to be offensive. While it is possible that some people will not be offended by this term, just as some people will be offended by other terms when no harm is intended, it is best to avoid. Remember that what is considered offensive can also change over time, by scenario, and by relationship. We provide this library of terms for informational purposes and we welcome feedback to help us get it right.


Derogatory term for a person that is perceived to be making less intellectual progress or developing more slowly.


This old-fashioned word might be used unfavorably to describe anyone that has views or characteristics that someone considers different or not progressive in many contexts, like regionally or politically. In the context of disability, it’s been used unfavorably to describe people with perceived learning or cognitive disabilities, social disorders, and shyness or bashfulness.


If a person’s disability or perceived disability is relevant, state it specifically. If speaking in general terms, you might opt for "learning disability," "cognitive disability," "developmental disability," or "intellectual disability."