American Sign Language: "bo
Less commonly used words such as "bo" are often spelled out.
Especially when they are so short (in this case, just two letters).
But just because you "spell" something doesn't mean that the other
person knows what it means. Thus it is helpful to know how to
describe "bo staff."
The sign for "bo staff" would consist of depicting the
staff using "C" handshapes and then (if needed) using "S" handshapes
to show how the bo staff can be used.
You can show a thinner staff by using "F" handshapes but most bo
staffs are a bit more substantial than a broomstick, so the "C"
hands are more appropriate for the general concept of a "bo."
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