Difference between Impairment and Disability in a Confusing Language

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There are approximately one million words in the English language; this is roughly 9 times as much since the Shakespearean time. The vast amount of dictions gives greater opportunities for more descriptive sentences and better vivid images from novels. However, the growth of dictions in the English language can also causes problems, such as misuse of words. Many words in modern days have a very similar definition and are often misused. In Raymond Carver’s “Cathedral,” the relationship between two similar words, impairment and disability, plays a very important role in the story. The slightest difference from the meaning from these two words reinforces the theme of the story and allows this piece of literature to have a deeper message hidden within the storyline.
Many would say that the word disability and the word impairment have very little or no difference at all. It is true that between these two words there is a very small difference; nonetheless, it is these small differences that make the impacts. The word disability refers to the limitations of opportunities or the loss of chances to participate in social activities due to the social assumptions placed upon the impaired. Impairment, on the other hands, is the injury, illness, or loss of a specific function used by the body or the mind to perform certain tasks. To a person that have never ever had impairment or ever dealt with impaired patients, these two words…
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