FRUGAL: Form your hands into 5-handshapes with middle fingers bent at
the top knuckle. Each hand moves in a circle toward the chin, touches
the chin, and moves downward and then away. I touch twice with my
right hand only only once with the left hand.
In a message dated 5/5/2005 11:25:16 AM Pacific Daylight Time, johnh@____.com
Thank you so much for being a wonderful resource for those of use that
want to learn more about ASL.
Recently, had a situation on which I would like clarification:
A man was talking about "freelance" terps and used the sign that is
the "middle finger" alternated off the chin....several laughed...his
comment was that, freelancers always poor/scatching to make ends
meet...so that is why the sign is appropriate...i have seen a signed
concept close to that for honeymoon.
I have seen and use this sign for "free-lance" interpreter, i am just
not sure why this would be funny....because it is closely related to
That sign means "frugal" or "watching every penny." It can be used
to mean, "just getting by."
So when applied to "freelance" interpreting, it is a way of saying
that freelancers don't get paid much.
Another similar joke is to sign "freelance" using the sign
frugal vs stingy vs miserly
QUESTION: A Youtuber asks:
For the sign FRUGAL, can it be used for both negative and positive
connotations? You use the English words frugal and miserly, which
both have the same end meaning (not spending a lot of money), but
the nuances are quite important, it can be a compliment or insult.
Is the sign the same for both and the nuances rely on facial
The difference between expressing the concept of "frugal" and
expressing the concept of "stingy" is in the facial expression used
and the context. If you mean "stingy" then use a corresponding
"stingy" facial expression and use additional signs such as "MY-MY"
and/or a depictive sign such as "to parcel out very small
amounts"-[while using a stingy facial expression and mannerism]. To
indicate "miserly" you could use a "miserly" (somewhat serious,
interested, careful) facial expression and add signs such as
American Sign Language University ™ ASL resources by Lifeprint.com © Dr. William Vicars