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American Sign Language: "west"

The sign for west moves a "W" to the left. (This is true even if you are left-handed -- the sign moves to the left).



Look at a map.  West is to your left, so do the sign for WEST toward your left.
However, sometimes when giving directions, signers do "directionally relative" signing in which they show directions relative to the actual location being discussed. Thus if "West" were in front of you or to the right -- you could choose to do the WEST sign with a forward movement or a movement toward your right.

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