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What is the name given to a person who can't read and write?

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new-lifestyle | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:08 AM via web

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What is the name given to a person who can't read and write?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:20 AM (Answer #1)

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I believe the word you are searching for is illiterate.  The word is from the Middle English and is found in Latin as illiterates.  The word illiterate can be traced back to the 15th century and means having little or no education.  According to the dictionary it means: “unable to read or write.”  Some of the synonyms for illiterate are illiterately and illiterateness.  The condition of being illiterate causes poverty and lack of self-esteem.  At one time in our country most people were illiterate, but in the 21st Century there is no excuse for anyone to be illiterate.  It is a moral responsibility from one human being to another to make sure that people learn to at least read and write.

 

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jessica20 | Student | eNoter

Posted October 9, 2011 at 8:16 PM (Answer #2)

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Do you mean illerate? it means person not having knowledge to learn, write.

Dyslexia- is developmental reading disorder.

Its a disease which makes children afarid of reading in front of crowd.

--TutorZ

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ninjapenguink | Student | Honors

Posted March 9, 2013 at 9:35 PM (Answer #4)

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A person who cannot read or write is defined as being illiterate.

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Yojana_Thapa | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted January 30, 2014 at 4:14 PM (Answer #5)

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Illiterate

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nicole8923 | TA , Grade 10 | Salutatorian

Posted February 27, 2014 at 3:10 PM (Answer #6)

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They are to be described as illiterate 

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Jyotsana | TA , Grade 10 | Valedictorian

Posted March 13, 2014 at 3:56 PM (Answer #7)

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The name given to a person who can't read and write is called illiterate.

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maria-vivanco | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 28, 2014 at 11:09 PM (Answer #8)

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Illiterate 

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taangerine | TA , Grade 11 | Valedictorian

Posted July 29, 2014 at 1:10 PM (Answer #9)

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An individual who is unable to read or write is referred to as illiterate. 

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted December 9, 2009 at 6:27 AM (Answer #3)

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A person who is unable to read or write was usually considered to be illerate.  However, it is more politically correct to state that the person is a person with disabilities in reading and writing instead of labeling the person with a name.  Since there are different reasons as to why a person might not be able to read or write, a true diagnosis would require testing.

The Merriam Webster's Online Dictionary defines Illiterate as  "1 : having little or no education; especially :unable to read or write."   The following definition is one which led to people who could not read or write as being referred to as Illiterates.

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