The sign for "same" as in, "These two
things are the same" can also mean: similar, same as, and alike. You
slide a "Y" handshape back and forth between the two items you are
The sign for same is "directional." By that I mean, the direction in which
you do the sign can provide information about the subject and object of the
verb. For example, if I slide the "Y" hand back and forth between you and me
the sign can mean:
"me too" "you and me, both" "I agree with you" "I'm similar to
you" You don't have to add a separate "ME" or a separate "YOU" sign,
the meaning is created by the direction of the sign.
SAME: "Me too."
There is a generic sign for "SAME." I call it the "ALSO"
sign since it is commonly used to mean "also." To sign "ALSO" you'd bring the
index fingers together in front of you (slightly off to the right). Then
you'd separate the hands again and shift a few inches to your left. Then
you bring the index fingers together again. Some people don't do the sideways
relocation of the sign and just touch the fingers togehter twice as I'm