In 2002, a new jargon emerged – idk. Its origins are not certain, but it’s considered an abbreviation for “I don’t know.” An urban dictionary commentary from 2003 defines idk as “an acronym for the phrase, I don’t know.” Textual jargon uses capitalization only to increase effect. It is therefore a great choice for use in casual text messaging.

I don’t know

Intellectual disabilities are a subset of developmental disabilities. They range in severity from mild to severe, but most people who have ID live reasonably self-sufficient lives. While this makes them difficult to identify in day-to-day life, they are often misunderstood and misidentified. Learn more about intellectual disabilities. IDD is not a defining trait of a person, but it does make life more difficult for the person with the disorder.

Despite being an imperfect term, “mental retardation” has been used for decades before the shift to the IDD terminology. The acronym AAMR was used for 20 years before “Inherited Ataxia-Mental Retardation.” Unfortunately, the terms “retarded” and its derivatives continue to be used as insults without clinical context, and are often inappropriate. Thankfully, IDD terminology has largely avoided these problems.

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