The sign for "country" has a couple of versions.
Country: version 1:
Use a "Y-handshape" as your dominant hand. The non-dominant hand can be be
one of several handshapes: loose, fist, flat, etc. and it doesn't change
or affect the meaning of this sign.
The Y-hand moves in a circle on your forearm. Think of holding a shield
with your left forearm and polishing the front with your right hand.
Another way to sign "country" is to use a "flat hand" instead of a "Y" hand. Note: The non-dominant hand
can be one of several handshapes: loose, fist, flat, etc. and it doesn't
change or affect the meaning of this sign.
COUNTRY: (version B)
Note: If you use an "F" handshape on the dominant hand (palm down) the sign
would mean "foreign."
In a message dated 5/7/2008 3:42:24 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time, RAH0001
Is there a sign for the word, "County?" I have searched numerous
dictionaries and find "country" but nothing for counties.
Dear ASL Hero,
The sign for "county" is the same sign as for "country." Generally we rely
on the rest of the sentence to help us decide what is meant. For example,
if someone signs LA COUNTRY
("R" intended), that generally means Los Angeles County (no "r"). (Note
the sign for Los Angeles flutters an L and an A with a double movement).
I personally tend to do the sign county using the "Y" handshape version of
I use the "flat hand" version of "country" to mean "country, rural, and
continent" but you will see it either way.
Note: Quite a few people just spell "C-O-U-N-T-Y."
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