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American Sign Language: "office"


The generally accepted sign for "office" uses an initialized form of the sign "box" or "room." (See: ROOM)
However, it is very common to see people spell the word O-F-F-I-C-E.


If you are a good fingerspeller feel free to just spell office.  You should also learn the following sign so you will recognize it in case someone uses it while chatting with you.  As always, you should do this sign however it is done by your local teacher or local Deaf community.

OFFICE:

 



Sample sentence: "You have your own office?"  = YOU HAVE your-SELF OFFICE?"

 


Also see: BOX



Notes: 
The sign OFFICE uses two hands and involves repositioning and quite a bit of movement. Try fingerspelling the word office and you'll see why many prefer to just fingerspell O-F-F-I-C-E. The letters in "office" flow off the fingers very, very quickly and smoothly thus it is literally easier (for adult native Deaf) to spell office than it is to do the sign for OFFICE. 
Also, I've got a colleague who uses (or at least he used to) a compound of "WORK ROOM" to mean "office."  He does this by dropping one of the movements of WORK and using the non-initialized version of room/BOX.  I think it is an interesting approach and I can certainly understand the reasoning behind doing it that way but I'm not sure it it will catch on.


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