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Place the tip of your right thumb on your right chin.  Slide the tip of the right thumb forward and down along the cheek.
Memory tip:  Girls used to wear bonnets that they tied under their chin.  [You might want to visit the BOY/GIRL "tour" page for more information.]



Tip: think of the height of the boy or girl.


WOMAN: (version)
Sometimes you might see the sign "MOM" followed by the sign "FINE."  This is interpreted as "WOMAN."



To sign polite you brush the tip of the thumb of your right five-hand twice on your chest using an upward motion.  The hand moves in a very small circle, up, out, down, back.  It is on the upward stroke that the thumb-tip touches the chest.  You might see other versions of this sign, but this is how I do it.

Optional Reading:
In a message dated 2/10/2006 7:32:25 PM Pacific Standard Time, DJ3262 writes:

Hey Dr. Bill,
I got the book Linguistics Of American Sign Language 4th edition. I don't know whether you have it or not. Very good and interesting. A few things, though. This book mentions that the sign for girl is repetitive. Where did they get that from? I couldn't find that in my dictionary or on your website.


You will find that many Deaf people sign "GIRL" with a single movement.
It is the same with the sign "BOY." Some people do the sign "BOY" with a double movement, some do a single movement.
When "GIRL" is signed as part of a compound like "GIRL-FRIEND" you should certainly use a single movement.
I find that the "double movement" tends to show up more when the sign BOY or GIRL is being used as a single sign response to a question. 
Signer one:  JENNY BORN FINISH? (Did Jenny give birth yet?"
Signer two:  GIRL! (double movement).

As you study, keep in mind these two guidelines:
1. There is a great deal of variation out there in the "real world."
2. American Sign Language, like all living languages, is constantly evolving.


American Sign Language University ASL resources by Dr. William Vicars
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