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American Sign Language: "year"

The sign for "year" is made by forming both hands into the letter "S."  If you are right handed, rotate your right hand completely around the left. The right hand should come to rest on top of the left. 


Memory aid: Think of the earth circling the sun in one year's time. 



Note: There is a "casual" way of doing the "YEAR" sign that holds the right hand (if you are right handed) above the left hand and does a very quick, small rotating movement. The difference is in the "casual version: the right hand stays above the left hand and doesn't actually circle the left hand. It comes to rest upon the top of the left hand.

For more information:
Also see: YEAR-[casual version] (advanced)
Also see: ANNUAL
Also see: LAST-YEAR (version 2)
Also see: YEARS


In a message dated 2/28/2012 4:00:38 P.M. Pacific Standard Time, Vicki (an interpreter in Alaska) writes:

How do we sign 2012?
- Vicki

Hello :)
You'll see it a couple ways out in the community, but personally, I do it "20" "12" (each number having only one movement since it is a compound).
-- Dr. Bill


In a message dated 4/20/2018 a Youtuber asked:


"Since its been quite a while since the original video was filmed, how would you sign 2018?"

Signs for the years 2011-2019 still exhibit quite a bit of variety. If you watch enough online videos ore chat with enough Deaf folks you will certainly see them done more than one way. For what it is worth I tend to sign 2018 by compounding the number 20 and then the number 18. The thing to understand when making compounds is that you tend to reduce movement and/or repetitions. For example, instead of doing "20" using a double movement you instead reduce the movement to one contact of the pads of the thumb and index finger and then you smoothly / quickly transition to an "8" hand and twist it one time towards the outside (without repeating the twist). In isolation those two numbers "20" and "18" both tend to use two movements each -- but when compounded into the year 2018 the "20" and "18" use only one movement each (though there is some leftover jitter in the 18 at the end of the sign).


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