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TAMPON: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "tampon"
 

Question: A student asks:
Is there a difference between "appear" and "tampon", or is it just context?

Response:
Often skilled signers prefer to just spell "tampon."
Sometimes the signs APPEAR and TAMPON look quite similar.
Sometimes the signs exhibit a very minor but observable difference.


Think of the signs APPEAR-(show-up) and TAMPON as being on the same spectrum with a lot of overlap. By that I mean yes, they can look the same and be distinguishable only by context -- however you can sign TAMPON using small differences in orientation, or use an "L" hand for the non-dominant hand.

 

 


PAD:

 

PERIOD:


 



Notes and references:

Here is a screenshot of Karla Gutierrez signing tampon as part of a discussion on toxic shock syndrome (TSS).


[Source: Gutierrez, Karla (July 25, 2018) Tampons: Toxic Shock Syndrome, DPAN.TV retreived 11/14/2022 from  https://www.facebook.com/DPANTV/videos/886808554844876 ]
 



 

Here is a screenshot from: the "tampon" entry at "Spread the Sign"


[Source: tampon (2018) English (United States) entry for "tampon," Spread the Sign (online sign language dictionary), retrieved 11/14/2022 from http://spreadthesign.com/en.us/word/25864/tampon/?q=tampon (specifically: https://media.spreadthesign.com/video/mp4/13/486568.mp4 )]

 

 


Notes: 

See: APPEAR

See: PERIOD




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