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American Sign Language:  "half-hour"

The sign "half-hour" shows a minute-hand having moved 30 minutes or "half way" around the face of a clock.


Sample sentence: "If the teacher doesn't come, would you wait a half-hour?"


Also see: HOUR


In a message dated 4/11/2005 11:10:35 AM Pacific Daylight Time, writes:

Dear Dr. Bill,
I have seen, and done, 1/2 hour as "1/2" and then the 'hour' sign. You do not show this. Is this not done in your deaf community?
Thanks for the help!
- Amy

Dear Amy,
I generally will use the "1/2" sign as part of sign "an hour and a half." But for the sign "half-hour" done by itself in isolation I'd recommend the version that does a 180 degree spin on the palm starting pointing up and finishing pointing down.
- Dr. Bill
p.s. By all means though -- do it the way it is commonly done in your local Deaf community. No sense being a martyr.

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