Monday, April 7, 2008

My response to Sweetmind about Deafhood.

Here is my response to Sweetmind about Deafhood. She asked why we use -hood as Deafhood. I do my best to give in, but I’m not involving such knowledge of giving an answer about Deafhood.


From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

-hood is an English suffix that means a "state or condition of" or a group sharing a certain characteristic. Examples include childhood and falsehood.

It gives you an idea...with the -hood as Deafhood after reading all the words on the list. Good luck!

Adulthood- The state and responsibilities of a person who has attained maturity

Brotherhood- People engaged in a particular occupation; “the medical fraternity”
Buddhahood- I couldn’t find in a dictionary. You can guess what it is.

Childhood - the time of person’s life when they are a child

Falsehood- a willful act of falsifying; a false statement

Fatherhood- I guess that it’s the state and responsibilities of a father who has experienced.

Godhood- It can be the Godhead or it can be a divine nature.

Knighthood- Aristocrats holding the rank of knight.

Likelihood- the state or fact of being likely.

Manhood- The state of being a man; manly qualities

Motherhood-the same way with Fatherhood.

Neighbourhood-a surrounding or nearby region; people living near one another

Parenthood- the state of being a parent

Personhood- being a person: “finding her own personhood as a campus activist”

Priesthood- the body of ordained religious practitioners.

Sainthood- saints collectively

Sisterhood- the same way with brotherhood.

Statehood- I couldn’t find in a dictionary. You probably figure out what it means.

Womanhood- The state of being a woman; womanly qualities; women as a class; “it’s an insult to American womanhood”, “woman is the glory of creation”

You can assume Deafhood means a Deaf unity. It's also an individual as the state of being Deaf and a Deaf journey.

Deafhood means a process, a journey for all Deaf people. It is not a measurement who is Deaf and who is not. It is a process of becoming the best Deaf human being one can become. It's from Genie Gertz in the link:

I hope to go to Deafhood conferences in the short future. I'm going to get the book, "Understanding Deaf Culture: In the Search of Deafhood," by Dr. Paddy Ladd. It’s my passion of learning Deafho


Anonymous said...

Thank you!

Tania from Denver

deafk said...

Hi, Deb Ann,

Very good!! Good job comparing the other terms with -hood!


Deb Ann said...

Thanks, you're welcome, Tania and deafk! It brought me a smile!

~Deb Ann

Abbie said...

This is a wonderful post. I love reading this!

Deb Ann said...

Thanks, Abbie. I just checked your blog ,and you look so wonderful in all the pictures! :)
I hope to see the article, too.

SweetMind said...

I would like to speak with you personally so how can we reach out each other? Hope you wont mind my asking you to do this for me, please. ;)

Thanks! ;)

Deb Ann said...


Not a problem, you can email me at

You're welcome. :)