The majority of adult Deaf native signers tend to fingerspell "yogurt."
A mother writes:
I'm teaching my 19 month old
twin boys how to sign...their cousin is Deaf...and i can't find the
sign for "yogurt"... my one son has made up his own by flapping his
arm like a chicken wing :) ... but i would like to teach him the
correct ASL sign.
Most adult Deaf native signers tend to fingerspell the concept "yogurt."
I have seen (but I do not recommend) an initialized version of the sign
ICE-CREAM done with a
"Y" handshape instead of an "S" handshape.
Some people criticize that sign as being "Signed English." My
concern with that initialized ("Y") version is that it conflicts somewhat
with an advanced variation of "MISTAKE"
that means "to make repeated errors." Only time will tell if
any particular sign gains a foothold in the community.
Hi Dr. Bill,
I saw the post about “yogurt” and wanted to tell you that my ASL
tutor agrees that there is no formal sign for yogurt, which is
really unusual, because there’s been such a health food
explosion, and yogurt is now as common and popular as bananas
for babies. Suzie Fairweather, my family’s ASL tutor, says that one of the
preschool teachers at the BC Family Hearing Society has
developed the following sign, which I thought I’d pass on to
Hold the non-dominant hand in a cup shape, as yogurt mostly
comes in little cups, and have the dominant hand in the “Y”
shape. Dip the thumb of the Y into the top of the cup and bring
it to the mouth.
...We discovered that our younger daughter (one year old next
week) is profoundly deaf when she was nine months old. We’re
being tested for Waardenburg Syndrome. Tasha is not signing much
yet, but our preschooler, Fiona, signs like a house on fire, and
I’m using sign language in "story-times" here at work. ...