Yes, that is one meaning of the word (and the one from etymology), but it
has come into use in other ways.  There are, for example, textbooks
called "Literacies."  You need not agree with it.

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Subject:                Re: Barbarians at the Gates (was Re: Journey of the Magi)
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At 11:22 AM 5/20/2003 -0400, you wrote:

>But also "literacy" is not only print literacy.  There are many
>literacies.  A poet in the 8th century who had committed the equivalent
>of Beowulf to memory but did not write was hardly illiterate.  One learns
>to be "literate" in visual cultures like film or other media.

   Extending the metaphor, there may be many literacies. But this 8th
  unless you're saying he or she can read but not write (?), is,
illiterate. To be
illiterate is to be unlettered; but that is not to say ungifted or

Ken A