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American Sign Language: "box"

The sign for "box" uses flat hands to show the sides and then bent hands to show the front and back of the box.  I tend to use my non-dominant hand as the outward side of the box and my dominant hand as the side nearest to my body, but it really isn't an issue. You could do it the other way. The point is to show the sides and then front and back of the box.


Note: The sign BOX can also be interpreted as "
ROOM."  While it is true that there is an initialized form of the sign ROOM that uses "R" handshapes, it is not necessary to initialize the sign when the meaning "of" room is clear from the context of the sentence.  For example, see BEDROOM.

Also see: ROOM

Also see: CUBBY
Also see: BLOCKS

Regarding "BOX": My input is that the sign BOX/ROOM does "not" use "B"-hands (the kind with the thumb folded over the palm) but rather the sign for BOX/ROOM starts with "FLAT"-hands which then bend at the large knuckles (which is very hard to do if you are using "B" hands with the thumbs crossed over the palms).
My further input on the sign BOX is that while some people indeed do the sign with "B" hands -- it is likely that this is an influence of Signed English and/or the tendency of "Hearing English Speakers" to want to initialize signs with the letter handshape of the associated English interpretation of the sign.

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