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American Sign Language: "vegetable"

The sign for vegetable also means "vegetables."

Here's the way I sign "vegetables."  I just stick the tip of the index finger of a "V" handshape on my cheek and twist my hand twice.  The "V" pivots on the tip of the index finger.  The middle finger isn't touching the face.

VEGETABLES:  (Version 1)

I like the twisting version because the twisting movement is similar to the sign for FRUIT.

Many of my friends sign vegetables this way.  The "V" flips around and faces backward.  First the index finger touches the cheek, then the middle finger.


Even though I list this as "Version 2" doesn't mean it is any less popular of a sign. Many people use this "flip" version.

VEGETABLES:  (Version 2:  Animated example)


Some people just spell the letters "V-E-G."

VEGETABLES:  (Fingerspelled Version)


Note: Above I'm showing the letters very clearly, but quite often when spelled at high speed the "e" in "VEG" ends up being done by just bending the index and middle fingers (at the second and third knuckles into a bent-V handshape) and then smoothly twisting into a "G" handshape.  Or you may see VEG done with just two fingertips (index and middle) resting on the thumbnail section of the thumb.

Note:  If you do the twist on cheek version of the sign "vegetable" a little lower (on the side of your chin) it can be used to mean "vinegar."  This usually isn't a problem during a conversation. I just include it here so you can impress your friends with your knowledge of a sign that isn't well known. 

See:  "VINEGAR."

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