I went to a
picnic one summer and while sitting around with a few of my friends I held up
a salt shaker and asked, "What is your sign for this?"
Ha! Five different answers! One of the oldest and most respected (4th
generation Deaf, white hair, married to a Deaf man, has Deaf children, etc.)
a shaking movement (as if holding a salt shaker) and mouthed
the word "salt." I kid you not! Then we all spent another 15 minutes
arguing, er, I mean discussing the "right" sign for
"salt." And get this: Everyone at that table was an ASL
SALT: Version 1 (recommended)
A version of that sign for "salt"
flutter the dominant "V" hand fingers. The two fingers stay in a "V" shape and
the movement is in the wrist not the knuckles. (The movement of the
dominant hand is down, up, down. The non-dominant hand doesn't move.)
SALT: Version 2:
Remember, there are a BUNCH of ways to sign salt. Go with whatever your
instructor or local Deaf friends use.
Another version of "salt" uses an V-hand on the dominant hand and an index
finger on the non-dominant hand:
Okay, so I'm the only person on the planet who likes this version. But I have my
reasons. (See story below).
In the pictures above, I'm using just my index finger on my left hand,
wife (and a zillion other people) use "V" handshapes on both hands.
Not that she is right mind you. I just put her version above
mine as the recommended version because I want
to make her happy.
The left (or non-dominant) hand stays stationary. The right index and
middle fingers alternate moving up and down.
As the story goes:
In the old days, crusty old wayfarers upon sitting down to
meat, would stick their knife into the salt jar or bag. As they withdrew
their knife they made sure there was an amount of salt resting on the blade.
They'd hold the knife over their food and tap it with their fingers, knocking
the salt off somewhat evenly onto their food.
[What? You think I'd make something like that up?!?]
Okay now there is a general sign that means "seasoning" in general. You
just mime shaking something on to your food. In context it could mean "salt." Or
it could mean pepper. Or it could mean those little jalapeño seeds in the funky
little jars on the table at pizza joints. Or it could mean...well -- you
get my point. It depends on "context." Invite me out for pizza and I'll
show you how it works.