Student: "Zip" is also commonly indicated by miming the act of
zipping up a jacket, isn't it?
Dr. Bill: If you are referring to putting on a jacket, then
yes, that's right. If you are talking about a ZIP
code, you just spell it. If you are talking about a zipper in general
you can show that by zipping up a "V" hand. If you are trying to tell
someone to zip up their pants you use whichever method is most socially
appropriate. If I'm at home talking to one of my children I'll just mime
zipping up my pants. If it is a public situation and a friend needs to zip
his or her pants up I'll do what I can to get us both turned away from the
public and then I'll use the "zipper" sign which is "very clear" but not as
graphic as miming the act of zipping your pants.
ZIP or zipper:
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