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American Sign Language: "secretary"

There are many variations of the sign for secretary. Use whichever version your local instructor or local Deaf use.

SECRETARY (recommended general version)


SECRETARY ("K" version)

SECRETARY ("U" version)

SECRETARY ("ear" version)

Sample sentence: Do you wish that you had a secretary?


The sign for "secretary" has to do with the act of writing down something your boss has told to you. It used to be that most bosses didn't know how to type. (I kid you not.) They would dictate a letter to their secretary who would write it down and then go type it out.

Think of a person pulling a pencil from behind her ear or "wetting a pencil" then writing on a piece of paper. Believe it or not, in the "old days" it actually helped pencils to write better or go faster if they had a bit of saliva on them. (Do not try saliva on your phone or keyboard--it won't help you type faster).

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