For millions of years every race has used some type of language as a form of communication, either if being English, French, Mandarin, German, Dutch or Spanish. We use it to express our feelings, desires, dreams and thoughts to others. Communication is the basic form of interaction, even animals communicate with each other. However, over time language has been tainted to be used as a form of humiliation.
I don’t remember when I first heard the word ‘disabled’ but eventually I grew to know that it meant something very different. I’ve come to realise that it can be used very flexibly; it can be used to describe differences in ability but it can also be used as an insult.
Like so many other words, words can be twisted to be used as an insult as well as a degrading joke. I personally, have an issue when people use words that are used to degrade a certain population. I believe that there is no place to say it, even if it isn’t meant to cause harm. It’s derogatory. I get confused why people would think it’s okay. We have changed our behaviour to not exclude or degrade others but yet we are still doing it with our words. I believe that we need more of a consciousness awareness of the language we use.
I hate how we use words to label others, labels are so restricting and using a label says that people can be boxed into being something. I’m constantly labeled like every body is. I feel as if the word ‘disabled’ has been changed to be a label. In my personal experience, being labeled as ‘disabled’ has been very limiting. It is as if that’s my identity, which is far from the truth. I am not disabled, I am a very capable person who uses a wheelchair for mobility.
Language is beautiful and we can do so many creative things with language. However, as a society we need to learn how to appropriately use language; we need to learn how to appropriately describe others and we need to learn how to be considerate about our word choices. Words are essential but language is powerful.