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American Sign Language: "goat"

The sign for "goat" uses a bent-V handshape. Touch your chin, then touch your upper forehead.  The handshape starts and stays in a "bent-V" shape.  The movement is quick. 
Memory aid:  Think of a goat's beard and horns.


Sure, at one time this sign probably used the sign OLD and then the sign "two horns pointing backward over the head." But the fact is, signs evolve and tend to become more simple, with fewer handshapes. Thus regardless of how this sign "was" done in the past, it is currently generally done (by adult native Deaf signers) using only "one" handshape.


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