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American Sign Language:   "bathroom" or "toilet"

 


Even though you see a "T" for the handshape this sign is commonly thought of as meaning "bathroom."  Yes, the sign for toilet is the same sign as "bathroom," but when you see it signed in a sentence you should usually interpret it as bathroom rather than toilet.
The sign for "bathroom" is made by forming the right hand into the letter "t."  The palm side is facing away from you. Shake your hand side to side a couple times. Some people use a twisting movement instead of the side to side shake.  Either is fine, but I prefer the side to side shake. (heh)

BATHROOM / toilet


Note:
To ask, "Do you need to go to the bathroom?"  (A frequent question in households with children and/or developmentally disabled folks), just tilt your head forward a bit, raise your eyebrows, and do the "toilet" sign.

"Do you need to go to the bathroom?"


 



In a message dated 8/11/2011 5:31:00 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time, evergreen474 writes:

Hello Dr. Vicars!
I'm an early childhood educator and I want to incorporate ASL into my classroom. I refer to your site every day as well as go through the self-study units.

I teach young children and one of things they often forget to do is flush the toilet. :)
We wanted a way to tell them without verbally having to remind them ALL the time. If I had to guess, I would say the sign is similar to the gesture you would use when actually flushing the toilet. But I just wanted to verify. Thank you for your time!

Sincerely,
Anne Neumann

 Anne,
That is correct, just grab an imaginary toilet handle and twist it in a flushing motion.
:)
-- Bill


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