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October 12, 2013

Letter: Bell's words should need no defense

To the editor:

It seems unfortunate that Mr. Bell has been forced to defend his choice of words during Tuesday’s Cape Ann Chamber of Commerce debate when they were, in fact, precise.

It was the ignorance of the interpreters that created an unnecessary uproar.

For the record, the Oxford English dictionary defines “retard” as the following ...

Retard:

verb — (with object) delay or hold back in terms of progress, development, or accomplishment: his progress was retarded by his limp.

noun — informal, offensive; a mentally handicapped person (often used as a general term of abuse).

While we’re at it, here is the actual definition of a commonly misinterpreted word that I happened to drop above ...

Ignorant — lacking knowledge or awareness in general; uneducated or unsophisticated.

Source: www.oxforddictionaries.com.

PAUL F. FRANKLIN

Rockport

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