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HOTDOG: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "hotdog / sausage / bologna"


The sign for "hotdog" is made by forming both hands into the letter "C." While moving your hands out to the side, change the handshapes to the letter "S" back to a "C" and to an "S" again.

HOTDOG / sausage / bologna:


Memory aid: Think of making an old-fashioned string of sausages.

Note: The sign, HOTDOG can also be interpreted as sausage and/or bologna. The exact meaning depends on context.  If someone is fixing breakfast and asks if you want "hotdog" obviously he/she is asking you if you want sausage. 


HOTDOG (version)


"Do you prefer hamburgers or hot dogs?"



QUESTION:  A student asks:
Suppose you are having lunch at an all you can eat buffet and you want to ask a child if they want a hotdog, a bologna sandwich, or a polish sausage.  How would you distinguish between the concepts?

RESPONSE:  Dr. Bill replies:
The question provides us with the context that we are at a buffet with a child and asks how we would distinguish a hot dog, a bologna sandwich, and a polish sausage.
Me?  I'd just point -- since the food is right there in front of us on that there buffet!
So, let's pretend that we are in an artificially low context situation (such as an online discussion group and not in front of a row of food that can be pointed at) and want to distinguish (1) a hot dog , (2) a bologna sandwich, and (3) a polish sausage.

You could:

1.  Switch to version two of hotdog.

2.  Sign BOLOGNA SANDWICH  (the sign sandwich added to the sign HOTDOG defaults to meaning "bologna." 

3.  Sign POLISH SAUSAGE (the sign HOTDOG defaults to meaning "sausage" when it follows the sign POLISH.)


See: BBQ






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