The preverbal grandpa

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Whoever has a deaf grandparent should now call them a preverbal grandparent in accordance with recent government regulations.
Deafness has now been abolished by law, now weíve got preverbality. It makes little difference whether deaf people disagree and would like to be called deaf, without hearing.

There are numerous people in Italy who are deaf, of whom many are partially or totally without hearing. And evidently, itís with these people in mind that the TV advertising explodes into a greater volume of decibels during the programme intervals (but wasnít that forbidden?).

Preverbalism is a significant step forward, a new frontier: blind people will soon be called pre-sighted, people with paralysis called pre-motor, those who are impotent pre- (OK, here you can invent the words if you likeÖ).

Deaf people ask to be able to communicate, to be integrated into workplaces and schools. They donít ask for lexical piety. Sub-titles should be obligatory by law in TV programmes and on films (the DVD of my 2006 show will have Italian sub-titles). And, by law, hearing aids should be free for children who have partial hearing and for others without the means to buy them.

Those who are profoundly deaf, use sign language to talk to each other, a language that has a capacity for expression on a par with spoken language and can be compared to any language like the English language. They are deaf, not pre-verbal.

People who are hard of hearing should not be derided by shameful publicity (like some Iíve seen) in which the are portrayed with the ears of an ass to advertise the brand name of hearing aids, neither should they be enticed to buy hearing aids that are even more miniature and more costly just because the donít want the equipment to be noticed.

And then, we need to look to the future. With acoustic pollution, the people who are deaf will be us and our children. We need to learn sign language: we will all become post-verbal.

Posted by Beppe Grillo at 10:02 PM in | Comments (5)
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I wonder how you can be so serious in this blog and so funny in your one man shows. At the first page, I was wondering if I had to laugh or not:-)
Now I know. I will just try not to make mistakes and cry when I have to laugh. It would be maybe not easy but I will try. You are talking about Rai programs. All of them are the same, from Rai uno tu Rai otto (why not to call them like that?)
Journalists, reporters, conductors are shouting the news like if we were deaf or barking as we were dogs. But we are blind too. We can easely take our cofee in bed while they show to us murders, robberies,trembling popes together with naked girls and vibrators men.But the show must go on. Regards. Jaio

Posted by: sommarti jaio | January 22, 2006 06:40 AM


This is so stupid it's hard to figure how it ever came up. Preverbal means, surely, 'in the part of life one spends before one learns language'. To say that of anyone over three years old is insulting in the extreme.

Posted by: Judith Greenwood | January 21, 2006 07:00 PM


What are you talking about?

Posted by: Raffaella Biferale | January 21, 2006 12:13 PM


Yes, Millions of kicks in your butt!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 21, 2006 12:08 AM


Preverbal.
Gimme a break!

Posted by: Giovanni Principe | January 19, 2006 10:55 PM


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