Thursday, May 27, 2004

It's all in the words you choose.

Politics is both the art of the possible and the art of re-framing discussions by changing language. The Abortion debate often revolves around "blobs of tissue" and the "termination of pregnancy." It makes it sound all the sweeter or at least, non threatening. American Sign Language cannot mess around with such delicacy.

Thanks to Edge of the Precipe for this link. Look on the ASL Browser and scroll down to the word "abortion." The movie will show how the sign word is performed. I wonder if this is why we never see a deaf interpreter, translating these debates. People would immediately understand what was happening in an abortion. Reach in and throw it away.

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