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American Sign Language: "Gallaudet"

Note: Gallaudet University is a "Deaf" university in the northeast area of Washington D.C.  It was named after Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet.

The sign for Gallaudet (both the University and the man) is the same as one of the versions of the sign for "GLASSES."  Use a single motion. Start at the side of the eye with a "wide G handshape" and pull the hand backward about two inches into a "closed G handshape." 


Sample sentence: Did you go to Gallaudet? = "YOU GALLAUDET YOU?"

If you are already "into" the conversation you can just sign, "GALLAUDET YOU?" and it will be easily understood to mean: "Did you attend Gallaudet."
If you sign "GALLAUDET, YOU FINISH-TOUCH YOU?" it would be understood to mean "Have you ever been to Gallaudet?"

For information regarding "Gallaudet" check out the Gallaudet research papers.

The sign "GALLAUDET" can be used to mean "glasses." It can also be used to mean "Moses." This provides an interesting little memory aid: "Gallaudet was the Moses of the Deaf Community." (Ahem.) Just guesing here -- but more realistically the sign for "Moses" may have started as the sign HAIR (due to the burning bush / white hair incident). Then over time mutated to look more like  GALLAUDET / GLASSES


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