Hello, I am wondering what you, native speakers, call people unable to speak. I have found the following, but it says it is old fashioned. Thank you!
Another word is dumb, as in "deaf and dumb". I have often seen the expression "deaf mute" to describe the same condition.

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I would say that mute is correct, but you can also say dumb or unvoiced.Anyhow, I am not a native speaker, so please wait for further suggestions.
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Another word is dumb, as in "deaf and dumb". I have often seen the expression "deaf mute" to describe the same condition.
Does this word not convey some negative connotations by any chance?TomEDIT: I have just looked it up in my dictionary:3old-fashioned someone who is dumb is not able to speak at all. Many people think that this use is offensive So it looks like it is also partly of the same sort as mute.
I guess "speech-impaired" is more modern, more politically correct but in British English "dumb" and (if the person also cannot hear) "deaf mute" are still used (as, of course, is blind, although again it is quite common now to see reference to the visually impaired). Actually, thinking about it as I type, "dumb" is perhaps not so common now and obviously has colloquial connotations (used, usually unkindly, to refer to someone of lower intelligence).
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Hi audio - do you mean someone unable to speak because they"ve been brain-damaged or have some other medical condition? In that context I don"t think we"d use either "mute" or "dumb", both of which these days usually refer to temporary speechlessness because of nerves, embarrassment etc. The technical term for the medical condition is, I believe, aphasia (adjective aphasic); in everyday language I think we"d say someone had lost the ability to speak. "Speech-impaired" would work.
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Hi audio - do you mean someone unable to speak because they"ve been brain-damaged or have some other medical condition? In that context I don"t think we"d use either "mute" or "dumb", both of which these days usually refer to temporary speechlessness because of nerves, embarrassment etc. The technical term for the medical condition is, I believe, aphasia (adjective aphasic); in everyday language I think we"d say someone had lost the ability to speak. "Speech-impaired" would work.
What I mean is a person who lacks the speaking ability, either due to brain damage or other medical condition. If one cannot see, we usually call this person blind. If one cannot speak, we call this person.... I like the speech-impaired phrase.
Pulling it all together, some of you might know the song "Pinball Wizard" where Elton John (or The Who, if you prefer) refers to Tommy as "that deaf, dumb and blind kid.." who sure plays a mean pinball.
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Wait, i thought we were talking about someone who cannot speak? Someone who cannot hear is, quite simply, deaf.

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I am extremely sorry for the confusion!!! Yes, we are talking about someone who cannot speak! PS Thank you, Loob! PS 2 Where is my whip, again?
I am extremely sorry for the confusion!!! Yes, we are talking about someone who cannot speak! PS Thank you, Loob!PS 2 Where is my whip, again?
Sorry, that was my fault when I slightly side-tracked to other terms which might be considered pejorative in this day and age. They were just similar examples to deaf and dumb or mute.