ASL Lessons | Bookstore | Library | ASL University Main ►


macaroni salad: How to sign "mac salad" in American Sign Language (ASL)

 


Question:
A student asks / comments:  "My favorite food is mac salad. Would macaroni/elbow noodles be spelled out or does macaroni default to spaghetti too?"

Response from Dr. Bill:
 

I would definitely spell "mac" and then do the standard sign for SALAD.

There are those who might try to give you a hard time for using the SALAD sign with "mac" because they will say it is for "tossed green salad" type salads -- however, such a viewpoint ignores the fact that macaroni salad is also stirred around pretty vigorously during preparation. It also ignores the fact that over time formerly iconic / depictive signs often become more arbitrary.

If someone gives you flack about using the SALAD sign for the "salad" in "mac salad," just smile, cut the person out of your will, and spell both "mac" and "salad" when you are around that person.

 

 



Notes: 
index-old.htm

 

matrix-for-sign-pages (_matrix.htm)




*  Want to help support ASL University?  It's easy
DONATE  (Thanks!)

Another way to help is to buy something from Dr. Bill's "Bookstore."


Want even more ASL resources?  Visit the "ASL Training Center!"  (Subscription Extension of ASLU)  

*  Also check out Dr. Bill's channel: www.youtube.com/billvicars
 


You can learn American Sign Language (ASL) online at American Sign Language University  
ASL resources by Lifeprint.com    Dr. William Vicars