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American Sign Language: "play"

The word "play" has several different signs depending on what you mean.
If you mean play as in an "act" or a "drama," see:  See: THEATER / act / play / drama

If you mean "play" as in "playing around" then you can use the version of this sign that shakes "Y" handshapes.

PLAY (as in "play time," "playing,")

PLAYER:  To sign "player" simply add the "PERSON / AGENT" sign to the sign PLAY.

PARTY:  The sign PLAY happens to be one of the versions of the sign for "party."  There are four common ways to sign "party."  The point I want to make here though is that you should NOT initialize the sign play with a "P" hand.

I've observed quite a few educators of Deaf children using an initialized form of PLAY (with a "T" handshape) for the sign "TOYS."  Which is to say, some of them do the sign for "toys" by signing "play" using "T" handshapes.   I don't really think that is such a good idea.  To me it looks sort of like "double bathroom" or something.

In context, the "Y" handshape version of the sign PLAY can be used to mean "toys" but I and most of my associates just spell "T-O-Y-S."

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