"It is with a wry shake of my head on your arm that I find myself introducing a fancy new word. As a poet I dislike jargon. But sometimes we do need a new word, and it can change the way we see everything. That's what happened to the sighted Deaf community with "audism." Although it was first coined in 1975, by the Deaf scholar Tom L. Humphries, it didn't receive a full discussion until after the hearing-sighted linguist Harlan Lane used it in his 1993 book "The Mask of Benevolence: Disabling the Deaf Community." Sighted Deaf people had always known that hearing society discriminated against them, but the new word suddenly made it much easier to identify and analyze."