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    A more polite way to describe deafs and mutes

    Hi,

    Please take a look at these:

    Someone is deaf/mute (Is this one offensive or not?)
    Someone is a deaf/mute(I know this one is offensive)

    So is there a non-offensive way of call people who are deaf/mute?


    Thank you!

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    Re: A more polite way to describe deafs and mutes

    Quote Originally Posted by LeTyan View Post
    Hi,

    Please take a look at these:

    Someone is deaf/mute (Is this one offensive or not?)
    Someone is a deaf/mute(I know this one is offensive)

    So is there a non-offensive way of call people who are deaf/mute?


    Thank you!
    This gets into the silliness of political correctness. If a person is deaf, the person cannot hear. The label is unimportant.
    If a person cannot speak, the person is mute. Changing the label does not correct the problem.

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    Re: A more polite way to describe deafs and mutes

    No, you can't say that someone is a deaf. 'Deaf' is not a noun.
    You can say that someone is deaf, but unless they can hear nothing at all, it's not completely true, hence the need for quantifiers - "He's a bit deaf; He's almost completely deaf" etc.

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    The politically correct usage where I live is hearing-impaired.

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