While I don't tend to use the "one finger" variation for STEP-MOTHER, I
got an email from Dr. Lisalee Egbert mentioning that she uses the one-handed version for
both step-mother and stepfather.
Notes from Dr. Bill regarding the "one finger variation" of STEP-FATHER and
A "one movement/one location" sign has an advantage over a "two movement/two
location" sign since the single movement sign has "economy" in its favor.
The "one finger" sign is a strong variation in some parts of the country and
I think it is actually increasing in popularity. I can certainly see
why Dr. Egbert would use it and I think it is a terrific sign. For me
personally though I think I'll still stick with the "second hand" version of
"stepfather/stepmother" as the version I teach my own classes. Also
remember the "safest" version will likely be to spell STEP when used
as part of the sign for "stepfather, stepmother, stepbrother, etc."
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