In a message dated 7/15/2007 6:43:36 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
Dear Dr. Vicars,
.... I’ve been
teaching my 9-month-old son ASL, as fast as I can learn it. I’ve run
into a few stumbling blocks as far as vocabulary, and I’ve exhausted my
searches of all the books and websites I can find.
I’m looking for the ASL sign for “squash”
(the food)... I don’t like to use “made up” signs, and my son’s getting
old enough now that he seems confused by me signing generic “food” ...
There is no widely established sign for "squash."
Most adults would simply spell it quickly. If needed, you can be
describe it by using showing the shape and by explaining the colors.
After spelling "S-Q-U-A-S-H" I suppose your could close the drapes and
squish a dominant hand FIST into a base hand PALM with a single,
exaggerated movement. It is important to pack a knapsack with fresh
underwear prior to doing this because soon the ASL Police will show up
at your door and cart you away for using a "made up sign."
Good luck in your ASL endeavors.
p.s. Actually that "fist into palm" movement is used to mean "mashed" as
in "mashed potatoes."
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