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American Sign Language: "womb"
I am recently trying to translate an English word into sign
language and cannot find a 'phrase' or action for it other than
to spell it out. I am new at sign language but would like to
take a course in it. I find my church, among other things going
on in my life right now, has a need to learn sign as a second
Could you please help me find a sign for 'womb'? I can't seem
to find it in the ASL dictionary or in 'Signing Made Easy" text
If you can help, thank you. If not, I will simply [spell] the
word. It is in a Christian song and it would have to be signed
quickly in order to keep pace with the melody.
Thank you for your time.
There is no "widely established" sign for womb. I asked my wife and she
didn't have a specific sign for it either. She started making up some
weird sign like doing a mini-cradle in the belly. Heh. I thanked her for her
time and excused myself.
If I were discussing this in a workshop, I'd spell it on first reference and
then I'd use the following sign to indicate the relative shape and location
of a "womb." Is that the "right" sign. Not necessarily. In the
context of the workshop and considering that I associated the sign with the
concept--everybody at that workshop would likely develop a consensus that it
was a "good enough" sign for womb. But I couldn't walk up to a
colleague and do that sign "out of context" and expect him or her to
Also, since you are doing a song, you have a bit more poetic license and
might want to consider just signing "pregnant"
using the interlaced fingers version.
-- Dr. Bill
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