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COLORADO: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "Colorado"
There are a number of popular signs for "Colorado."
One is mountain related. The other is a "play on words."
Since Colorado has lots of mountains it is understandable how a sign would develop that shows the ups and downs of a mountain.
In this version of the sign, you start with a "C" handshape on your upper arm and you make a couple of arcs as you move down the arm with your "C" hand.
COLORADO ("Mountain" version)
Model: Byron Cantrell (Native Deaf, Deaf School/Georgia, Deaf wife, Deaf kids, long-time ASL instructor.)
This next version of "Colorado" combines the signs "COLOR" and the fingerspelling of the letters "D" and "O."
This is not some "joke" sign that isn't used by anyone. It is actually a very common way of signing "Colorado." Part of its popularity has to do with the fact that it is somewhat fun to do a "play" on words. Another reason this sign is popular is because it is easier to do a one handed sign than a two handed sign.
COLORADO ("color" + "do" version)
(Model: Byron Cantrell)
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