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American Sign Language: "date"

This version of the sign is good if you mean "date" as in the concept of two people getting together to develop their relationship as in, "Do you want to go on a date?"  Start with your hands slightly apart, palms facing each other, hands in "D" shapes.  Bring the hands together to touch at the fingertips, then pull apart about an inch-and-a-half then bring together again.  Use a small quick movement.



If you mean "date" as in a specific day that something will happen, then either spell the letters D-A-T-E, or construct your sentence to not need the word "date." For example, "YOUR BIRTHDAY PARTY, [what] DAY?" [Raise your eyebrows a bit on the signs YOUR and BIRTHDAY, then furrow your eyebrows a bit on the sign DAY.]

See: DAY

In a message dated 1/31/2014 10:57:22 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, Richard writes:

Hello Dr Bill,
I am in need of some clarification on two signs if you wouldn't mind helping. In reviewing "DESSERT" it seems to be two D hands coming together at the belly of the D. But, I have come across the phrase "TO DATE" and it seems to be that same description. I am confused by this and in context it may get a little weird.
Thank you for your help,
Richard Almager

Hello :)
DATE is upright, DESSERT is horizontal.
By that I mean, the index fingers of the "D" hands in the sign for DATE are pointing upward. Whereas the index fingers of the "D" hands in the sign DESERT are pointing (generally) forward.
- Dr. Bill


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