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American Sign Language: "Utah"

To express the concept of "Utah" just spell it out quickly.




I used to teach an "alternate" version for Utah that consisted of brushing your cheek twice with the fingertips of a "U" handshape. I don't teach or promote that sign any more because the basic fact is most native Deaf adult "Utahans" do NOT use that sign. Rather they tend to spell it. (I know this for a fact because I grew up in Utah). The "U" on the cheek version was "cute" since it was similar to the sign for "Mormon" which uses an "M" handshape and a movement similar to the sign for EXPERIENCE. It was easy to remember and "fun" to teach. But I simply can't recommend it any more. Sorry. I'll show it to you here so you can see what I'm talking about, and recognize it if someone around you uses it but I encourage you to NOT use it yourself. Instead, spell out U-T-A-H.

UTAH (initialized version) (not recommended)


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