What is the difference between a retard and an idiot?
- TheSicilianSageLv 72 months ago
"Retard" is slang for a person who is mentally retarded.
"Idiot" is a scientific term for a person whose I.Q. is between 0 and 25.
- RPLv 72 months ago
In the tradition use of retardation, it mean a physical (brain) dysfunction whereas idiot was loosely used to label a person who was dumb or notably stupid, but this was the product of nonuse of intellectual ability contrasted with physical impairment (retardation) of that ability.
- dewcoonsLv 72 months ago
An idiot is a person who is either unlearned in a subject or does not want to be learned in a subject. So they do stupid things. Or hold dumb opinions.
The other word (which is being retired from the language) referred to someone who was unable to learn. They have a physical or mental defect that makes them incapable of normal learning.