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(Washington Post)   Oh, stewardess, I sign jive   ( divider line
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2012-09-18 02:39:40 PM  
12 votes:
Is "ask" a chopping like motion?
2012-09-18 03:05:37 PM  
4 votes:
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Him: Your head starts hear and moves down.
Her: Not for 25 bucks it doesn't
2012-09-18 02:58:37 PM  
3 votes:
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2012-09-18 02:40:06 PM  
3 votes:
Give them teh deaf penalty!
2012-09-18 12:38:09 PM  
3 votes:
White people sign like THIS.

Black people sign like THAT.
2012-09-18 02:38:42 PM  
2 votes:
It was 1968, she was 15 years old, and she and nine other deaf black students had just enrolled in an integrated school for the deaf in Talledega, Ala.

When the teacher got up to address the class, McCaskill was lost...

"I was dumbfounded," McCaskill recalls through an interpreter. "I was like, 'What in the world is going on?'"

The teacher's quicksilver hand movements looked little like the sign language McCaskill had grown up using at home with her two deaf siblings and had practiced at the Alabama School for the Negro Deaf and Blind, just a few miles away.

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"Curricula may differ between schools in segregated educational systems"
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2012-09-18 02:30:03 PM  
2 votes:
2012-09-18 04:43:42 PM  
1 vote:
You know, that's how the Nazis got Anne Frank. Her signing was too Jewish.
2012-09-18 04:18:25 PM  
1 vote:
The to it.

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2012-09-18 04:07:27 PM  
1 vote:
Nmigga, pnease.
2012-09-18 03:43:10 PM  
1 vote:

Misch: Earpj: I've always thought the sign across the country had dialects, just like speech.

There are... I know there's a Quebecois Sign Language, and a Martha's Vineyard Sign Language, and there's certainly regional variations beyond those.

Sign language is like any other language: there are many regional dialects and styles, and just because you know,
say, American Sign Language doesn't mean you can speak to someone who speaks, say, British or French or
German Sign Language.

And even in ASL, the regional variation in 'words' can trip people up. My wife studied sign for many years, and told
me that the sign in NYC that she learned for 'shoe' (tapping your fists together in front of you) meant 'homosexual'
in California.

And then there was the story one of her fellow students told in class about a couple who were going on their
honeymoon to London, but unfortunately the student wrote the presentation using a very old ASL dictionary. The
sign that used to mean 'London' when the book was published has morphed into a sign that is about the most
uncomplimentary term you can think of for 'lesbian'. I once told the story to someone who was a native ASL
speaker (his parents were deaf, though he was not), and when I used that sign, he went pale, practically grabbed
my arms and told me with grave seriousness "Do NOT ever use that sign with a deaf person!"
2012-09-18 03:16:26 PM  
1 vote:
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2012-09-18 03:07:42 PM  
1 vote:


shiat, that honky mofo messin' wid mah ol' lady? Got to be runnin' cold upside the head, ya know.
2012-09-18 02:59:40 PM  
1 vote:
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Excellent example. She's signing "Stuck", he's signing "Pregnant". Completely different. WTF?
2012-09-18 02:58:59 PM  
1 vote:
The brothers nod up. Whitey nods down.
2012-09-18 02:53:49 PM  
1 vote:
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So, which brand of sign language does Koko use?
2012-09-18 02:53:18 PM  
1 vote:

DjangoStonereaver: White people sign like THIS.

Black people sign like THAT DAT.

2012-09-18 02:51:16 PM  
1 vote:

Milk D: Is "ask" a chopping like motion?

2012-09-18 02:51:05 PM  
1 vote:

vegasj: sign?

what is it?

A language system built using hand position, motion, and shape to transmit concepts visually.

/but that's not important right now
2012-09-18 02:50:18 PM  
1 vote:
Interestingly, if you repeat the sign for "shiat" over and over rapidly, it means "diarrhea".

/not kidding.
/your bit of trivia for the day
2012-09-18 02:47:07 PM  
1 vote:

Milk D: Is "ask" a chopping like motion?

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2012-09-18 02:45:00 PM  
1 vote:

Milk D: Is "ask" a chopping like motion?

No. It's a bent index finger with a small down/forward movement of the forearm. Sort of like Picard's "Make it so", but with a slightly bent finger and the hand is facing forward.
2012-09-18 02:41:44 PM  
1 vote:

vegasj: sign?

what is it?

An object whose presence or occurrence indicates the probable presence or occurrence of something else.
But that's not important right now!

2012-09-18 02:37:25 PM  
1 vote:
Very rare sign language trifecta in play.
2012-09-18 02:36:11 PM  
1 vote:
So basically, ebonics translates over to the deaf as well.
2012-09-18 02:33:09 PM  
1 vote:
I remember reading a story where a deaf kid got shot by gang members 'cause they thought he was throwing gang signs at them.

Shoulda used the white sign language I guess.
2012-09-18 02:30:45 PM  
1 vote:
Lay 'em down and smack 'em yack 'em.
2012-09-18 02:30:34 PM  
1 vote:

what is it?
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