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American Sign Language: "ham"

 

 


HAM:
Just fingerspell the letters H-A-M.
 
Also see: PIG
 



 

Notes: 

A student writes:  "I was just surprised to learn that "ham" didn't have its own unique sign. We have "bacon" or many other much less commonly used words that have a sign.:

Dr. Bill responds:
The letters of the word "ham" are so easy to fingerspell that it would be counterproductive to have a separate sign for "ham."  We Deaf tend to fingerspell at around two-tenths of a second per letter or faster. Thus (for a skilled signer) "H-A-M" is only going to take around six-tenths of a second to fingerspell (after you've moved your hand to the initial starting position).
 

 




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