sign for "cereal" is made by placing your right index finger - palm down - at the right corner of your mouth.
While moving your hand to the left corner of your mouth, change the
handshape into an "x." Alternate between the letter
"x" and your straight index finger a couple of times. The
movement is from right to left.
Daniel: What would be a memory reminder for "Cereal"?
DrVicars: Think of the milk that is on your chin dribbling off and you need to dry it
with your finger across your mouth from right to left (if you are right handed).
the shape from an index finger to an "X" and back again a
Daniel: Sure did, I thought it might be something like that.
[Note: The sign for "DRY" is to drag an "X" from
left to right
across your lips. The handshape stays in the form of an "X," palm down,
throughout the sign.] You can start the sign dry with a straight index finger and then
move it into an "x" while dragging it to the right. Either way is
fine. The point is, DRY goes left to right and is either an "X" or changes into
an X and stays an X--it doesn't change back and forth. Cereal changes back and
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In a message dated 4/11/2005 7:58:03 PM Pacific Daylight Time, gbrotherton@_____
The sign for "cereal" in Lesson 7, you demonstrate using the index finger to
x hand shape across the mouth a few times, but the ASL browser from Michigan
State University uses a gesture of eating from a bowl.
Should I be concerned about the different variations?
-Gene Brotherton, Jr.
Port Orange, FL.
The answer is simple: I'm right and they are wrong. Heh. Just kidding.
Thanks for including the link. I took a look at it and the model is doing an
initialized "C" version of "soup." The "eating from a bowl" sign can be
modified to mean "soup"-("U" handshape), RICE-("R" handshape), or --less
You can even modify "SOUP" to mean "SPOON" by sort of dropping the "bowl" at
the end of the sign and holding the "U" handshape up a moment longer. You can
modify SOUP to mean "eat soup" by using a larger, slower movement.
You shouldn't be overly concerned about such variations. Only dweebs,
purists, or ASL instructors give a fig about it. Skilled Deaf signers will
recognize both variations.
Obviously there are regional variations, but the initialized version of
"cereal" (eating from a bowl) with a "C" is not something that I'd teach to
one of my ASL classes.
Personally my main concern is if "cereal" is being eaten...did I get an invite
and can I have the prize from the box?