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American Sign Language: "garlic"
"Garlic" is often fingerspelled:
The sign for "garlic" is similar to the sign "ONION" except the sign "garlic" is done on the side of the nose instead the side of the eye.
It is done as if signing "BORED" but use the knuckle of an "X" handshape:
A very common way to sign "garlic" is to do the sign SPICY in context and with an added "non-manual-signal / mouth morpheme" consisting of partially mouthing the word "garlic."
"spicy."Hold a loose "five" hand in front of your mouth and move it forward while wiggling the fingers as if showing your "garlic breath" coming out of your mouth as you talk.
eating the garlic-infused food to pay-attention to such a minor detail as who I was with). I'll half to ask them both next time I see them. So this next version of "garlic" is NOT American sign language but it is such a cool sign that I couldn't resist showing it to you here. See how the right hand represents "cloves?"
One of my friends showed me this version. It was either my friend from Korea or my friend from New Zealand. (I was too preoccupied
Note: The version above could be considered a depictive sign (classifier).
GARLIC-[Signed-English-version] (not recommended)
You might see some folks touch the tip of the thumb of a G-hand to the corner of their eye and twist it twice. This sign is considered "Signed English" and not "ASL." I mention it here because it is "out there" and I want you to recognize it if you see it. That version is based on the concept of initializing (using the first letter of the commonly associated English written representation of the sign as the handshape for the sign) the sign for ONION with the "G"-handshape.
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