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Signs for DISGUISE
Meaning: to give a new appearance to a person or thing, especially in order to hide its true form.
Related signs: IMPERSONATE, INCOGNITO, CAMOUFLAGE, HIDE.
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Humor: Really Deaf?
There have been many stories where a hearing person wonders, suspects, or inspects to determine whether a Deaf person they know is really Deaf. It's not uncommon with hearing CODAs (children of Deaf parent) stories.
American coda comedian/performer Keith Wann humored in her comedy show in April 2003 (video) about how he grew up not fully believing that her mother was really Deaf.
After watching his video, I asked my coda who was 11 years old if she had ever doubted that I was Deaf? She laughed, yeah. At what age, did she officially acknowledge that I'm Deaf. She replied age then. Ten?! She explained that at times she just wondered. Just mused.
Likewise, from time to time, a student in my ASL classes, where I taught, would check to determine if her instructor was really Deaf to the point that in her sleep, she dreamed that I vocally spoke which shocked her. Interestingly, she said that the style of my voice in her dream kind of matched my signing style.