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KETCHUP: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "ketchup / catsup"

There are several ways to sign "ketchup" (or "catsup") in the Deaf Community -- some more amusing than others.

Here is a general version that looks like trying to get ketchup out of a bottle by smacking the upturned bottle twice:




After studying this topic and doing the research I feel fairly comfortable documenting that the "hit the bottom of the bottle" version of the sign for "ketchup" can use an "S" handshape, a "C" handshape, an "O" handshape, or a mix between an "S" and an "O" handshape.


Sample sentence: What do you like on your hamburger? Cheese, onions, tomato, ketchup, mayo, mustard, pickles?


KETCHUP =  "Cat up."
I'm not kidding.  This is a
real sign and it is very popular.  This sign is used by most of my friends who attended "Deaf Schools."
It combines "CAT and the fingerspelled word UP."  Ha! I love this sign.  But, if your local teacher or friends don't like it, you can always scroll down and use the generic version (listed above) of "pounding on the bottom of the bottle."



Note: (variation)
You might see people doing the sign "CAT" with an "8" handshape instead of the "9" handshape that I use. That is fine. They are both good.  Some people even do "CAT" with a "G" hand that closes. (Which I don't recommend, but it is still a legit version of "CAT.")


CAT-UP variation 2:
You might also see the "up" concept signed by pointing upward or by moving an "A" handshape upward (the thumb pointing up).






Sample sentence: Do you think ketchup on grapes is disgusting?







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