2013-08-17Really? Who’s the retard?

Translation: « Je suis désolé pour le débile. »

Why wrong: Retard is not only offensive slang, it is also a false friend. It doesn’t mean un retard, but rather un débile, un crétin or un arriéré.   To be taken seriously…

Correct it: What is meant here is lateness or tardiness.. Say “I’m sorry for being late”, “I’m sorry for my lateness” or “I’m sorry for my tardiness.”


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“I’m sorry for the retard”
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“I’m sorry for the retard”