A cubby is a type of storage system common in classrooms of very
young children. The sign for a cubby is done by showing the sides
then the top and bottom of a cubby.
(Picture Credit: Kate Anderson of Springfield,
Notes: The first
time you do the "cubby" sign in a conversation I recommend doing the
sign somewhat large -- representational of the actual size of the
cubby to which you are referring. Then after your signing
partner is familiar with the topic for the rest of the conversation
you can do the sign smaller and more quickly.
Question: "When signing "cubby," in the first picture
(showing the sides) I notice that you have your left hand higher
than the right. Is that part of the sign?"
Answer: Ha! Um, not really, no. It is just because my brain
is/was anticipating the second part of the sign (showing the top and
bottom of the cubby) wherein my non-dominant hand is indeed higher
than my dominant hand. Here, I'll post it again but this time
I'll do the first part of the sign with my hands perfectly even. (No
need to be so particular about it though. Unless you are OCD.)
Note: Before you
ask, no it doesn't matter which hand is higher in the second part of
the sign. I do it that way because it is somewhat similar to
the sign for BOX. (Except BOX is
horizontal not vertical.)
"Cool! I love how simple and logical it is. Like the sign for "room"
You will have to tell me if you get tired of my occasional emails
requesting a sign. Otherwise I am pretty sure I'll take advantage of
you. Please let me know. Seriously.
The sign for CUBBY is like the sign for ROOM but upright.
The sign for CUBBY really isn't much smaller than the typical sign
for ROOM (the non-initialized ASL
form of which also happens to be the sign for BOX). Both
"rooms" and "cubbies" are just types of boxes. It is the rest
of the sentence that helps us determine the specific meaning of the
"4 sides" sign.
I'm always happy to receive sign requests from people. I just can't
always fulfill the request in a timely manner. When the semester
hits my email volume triples and my available time reduces by well
- Dr. Bill
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