Dear Dr. Vicars:
I am a vegetarian and I would like to know how to express "I am a
vegetarian" with sign language. Can you give me a hand and kindly tell me how to express it? ...
VEGETARIAN (example of Version 1)
I just stick the tip of the index finger of a "V" handshape on my cheek and twist my hand once then do the sign AGENT. Note the full sign for vegetable uses a double twist, but since vegetarian is a compound sign, you drop one of the movements.
The "V" pivots on the tip of the index finger. The middle finger isn't touching the face.
Dear Dr. Vicars:Thank you so so much for your clear and kindly explaination. Now, I got it.I am promoting the vegetarianism with my friends now and we have set up a Chinese website, http://www.vegtomato.org/I am wondering if I can use the illustration you taugh and other illustrations to explain how to sign "I am a vegetarian" to all the friends?I would credit it so that people know where I learn. Will this is ok?By the way, how about the sign of "I am a vegan", do I have to use the fingerspell to sign "vegan"?Thank you again and looking forward to hearing from you again.Best,Patric
For more illustrations related to this topic, see the "VEGETABLE" page.
In a message dated 11/11/2011 11:26:59 A.M. Pacific Standard Time, David
Dear Dr. Bill,
I am a vegetarian and I noticed the sign for vegetarian was VEGETABLE
AGENT which makes sense to me when talking about a person, but what
about foods? For example, we had fake bacon this morning and we've
though of a few ways to sign this but I don't know if there is a better
way. So first was VEGETABLE AGENT BACON. (Is it OK to sign AGENT in this
way?) Or how about BACON WITHOUT MEAT? Or even BACON S-O-Y (couldn't
find a sign for soy so I assume it's finger spelled).
I just sign "fake bacon." :)
For that I use the signs: FALSE BACON
The "right" way to sign it though depends on the "level of familiarity" your conversation partner has with "vegetarian products."
If they've never bought, used, or seen "vegetarian versions" and/or "meatless" products then you will likely need to do a lot more explaining using signs such as:
TRUE ITSELF VEGETABLE BUT LOOK-SAME BACON
SORT-of TASTE SAME
NOT TRUE BACON, ITSELF VEGETABLE, SOY. NONE MEAT.
QUOTE VEGETABLE BACON
At some point you and your conversation partner or group may choose to simply sign "VEGETABLE BACON."
If you are sitting around your breakfast table with your vegetarian family and everything in the house is vegetarian, then you would just sign, "PASS-to-me BACON." There would be no need to add "vegetarian" because it would be understood already.
-- Dr. Bill
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