[Content note: Ableism]
Hi everyone, a reader wrote to me this morning about my use of the word "derp" in this post.
I had used the word thinking that it was a benign synonym for "duh." It turns out, the word is often used on Internet alongside pictures of developmentally disabled people or people photoshopped so as to appear developmentally disabled.
I was not aware of that association because I had never seen the word used that way before.
I also understand, however, that despite my good faith intentions, my use of the word has hurt people and might have suggested that I agree with mocking or ridiculing those who are developmentally disabled.
For that, I'm truly sorry.