The sign for "turkey" (as in, we eat "turkey" on
Thanksgiving) is done by holding a "Q" under, on, or near your chin.
Wiggle it a couple times as if it were a
"wattle." (And in case you were wondering, a wattle is the reddish thing that
hangs off a turkey's neck.)
In a message dated 2/4/2007 8:07:59 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Glopsey
I know the "official" sign for turkey using the Q shaped hand. One
professor of mine used an alternative that all other deaf professors
say is more of a labeling sign. Make a 5 shape with your left. Make
an A with your right take the pinky side of your A hand and press it
to the palm of your left 5 shape. It looks like a turkey. I prefer
this sign, but the others (or as you said in your site, "Purists")
don't like it. I think it's cute! What's your take on it?
ASL student (not majoring, just for fun!!!)
I love that sign!
It is a clever, playful use of the language. I wouldn't use it for
serious communication, but it is a lot of fun. I call such signs
"joke" signs -- meaning they are not actually used by native adult
Deaf people for conversation but rather they are used for "playing
Let me share with you another version of that "playful" sign for
"turkey": Form one of your hands (generally your dominant hand) into a "five" handshape,
and the other hand into an "i"
handshape. You press the thumb side of the "I" handshape up against
the palm of the "5" hand. The "5"-hand represents the tail feathers.
The pinkie of the "i"-hand represents the neck and head.
-- Dr. Bill
In a message dated 3/25/2007 10:41:38 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
How are you doing so far? I hope you're doing well. I was asked what
the sign for a country named "Turkey"? I have seen it a few times
but forgotten. Do you know?
The version I've seen is a modified "C" hand on the middle of the forehead.
You make a "C" with just the thumb and index finger, sort of like
signing "moon" on your forehead. It represents the crescent moon that
is on the Turkish flag.
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