How is ASL going to be distorted by this one book? Do you actually
think all of a sudden everybody's going to be walking around swearing in ASL? puhlease
A very insignificant
amount of people will actually buy this book. The vast
majority of people are going to be very uninterested
in it. The Deaf, obviously, are very interested in ASL, the hearing people? No they don't care, it's not an issue, they have to worry about it, they don't think about it, they're not interested in it. I don't know if I can stress the words insignificant amount of people
enough. Well I'll bold the insignificant part, that'll have to do.
The ones that do buy it? It will be a novelty, they'll use it for a few weeks and forget about it, then they'll rarely use it. Example...I can sign "bullshit" but if I'm going to say it, I just say it....unless I was standing behind someone that was lying and wanted to let whoever they were talking to know it, but no the person actually lying lol. I've shown other "hearies" how to sign it, know when they use it? never. I know swear words in Spanish, and I can't remember the last time I actually used them, this is pretty much the norm for people that know swears in other languages. They'll stick with the good ol familiar.
This book will have no effect on your life, or any deaf person's life. ever
I have that scene from Monty Python's Search for the Holy Grail in my head again. Help I'm being repressed, did you see that? Did you see him repressing me? I've been pretty much deaf for the last 10 years, ain't nobody ever tried to "keep me down". 100 years ago, I could totally feel that. 2012? not so much. I can't speak about other countries but in America..if life is hard for the hearing impaired, it's because they're dealing with something that sucks ass and makes day to day activities harder than for the average joe, not because someone is trying
to make it harder.