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American Sign Language: "baby"

The sign for "baby"  is made by placing both arms together as if holding an infant.  Then gently rock your arms back and forth.  Tip: think of holding a baby in your arms.


"Do you have a baby?"


Also see: DAUGHTER

Also see: SON


In a message dated 1/22/2013 5:29:39 A.M. Central Standard Time, eweav.chik writes:
Hello! My name is Emily.
There's a sign that's confusing me that I would like your help on. I keep seeing a sign used in ASL music videos. It's the sign for "text", as in texting with a phone, but people are using that sign to replace the word "baby." Is this a real sign that can be used in a more romantic phrasing of the word "baby," or is it just slang? And would it be appropriate to use in conversation when not referring to an actual baby?
Thank you for your response!

Dear Emily,
That sign you are seeing isn't the sign for texting. It is the sign for "sweetheart."
People tend to substitute the sign "sweetheart" for the word "baby" in signed songs.
Dr. Bill

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