Shambles, train wreck, clusterfuck and FUBAR are fine words for describing a totally mucked situation, but not a totally stupid situation. A stupid situation isn’t merely bad: it indicates a lack of forethought reflecting poorly on the initial planner.
Stupid, moronic, and idiotic seem like sufficient substitutes.
Manda JO: I can see how retard might have the intensity of faggot or whore (I use none of those words with frequency or without reflection). But retarded seems to me to be somewhat milder. (I might use that word occasionally, something I am reassessing. I am thinking that it sounds a little anachronistic now, like saying the work “queer” in the 1920s sense (meaning odd) during the 1980s.)
Thanks. I see it as a matter of calibration. Language evolves and those who can’t grasp that are whiners in my view. For example, to expect juvenile words from your youth to maintain equivalent meaning decades later is [del]retarded[/del] more than a little pathetic.
In the interest of completeness, I’ll include a reasonable critique of political correctness from Kevin Drum: I happen to think that political correctness is more fraught than liberals give it credit for: not all of it is for the good, and the part that is for the good can be genuinely confusing and onerous to those who aren’t steeped in the vocabulary demanded by its practitioners. Even if your intentions are good, it can be nerve-wracking to know that you might get walloped at any time for a mistake you didn’t even know you had made. This is especially true for the vast majority of people who aren’t all that skilled at using language in the first place, and liberals could afford to be a little more sympathetic about this. https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2018/05/quote-of-the-day-political-correctness-is-about-decent-manners/ It’s not nerve-wracking for me frankly, but I can understand how it could be for some. Kevin Drum also says: Still, the truth is that Ed is right: for the vast, vast majority of us, it leaves our lives entirely unaffected as long as you can avoid flat-out slurs against women, blacks, gays, Jews, and so forth. Really, that’s about 99 percent of it. Is that really so hard? https://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2015/08/political-correctness-mostly-just-code-not-insulting-people/ Interesting that the mentally disabled didn’t make the list. Huh. Evolving situation I suppose.
Thanks to all for the replies.