This page is a holding place for notes regarding a project that Dr. William
Vicars is undertaking regarding helping students to recognize distinctions
between very similar signs.
SOAP vs BUTTER vs MUSTARD-variation
prior class today vs before I took this class
meeting vs gather-to
pay vs buy vs money
interrupt vs sandwich
check (variation) vs chapter
GRAPES: When doing the sign for grapes, spread the fingers of the
dominant hand in a loose "claw" shape.
FLY: The sign for fly extends the thumb, pinkie, and index finger, (not
just the thumb and pinkie).
21: The sign "21" starts as an "L" and either bends the index finger
(think of if pulling the trigger of a pistol twice), or you can bend the
thumb (from the large knuckle) twice (think of showing the movement of
the hammer of a pistol).
DANCING: Uses a side to side sweeping movement.
ENOUGH: Uses two forward thrusting movements (not one thrust forward
and one thrust back). Unless you are "mad" then you can sign "enough"
using a single strong movement.
MONDAY: The movement is in the elbow, not the wrist.
Numbers 11-15 are palm back.
Drink / drinking: non-alcoholic vs alcoholic
Date vs Meet
ketchup vs stress
you vs your
sister (right way) vs sister-(wrong way-finger hitting finger)
Home vs Yesterday
Movie vs Cheese
Deaf school vs alcohol
Cheese vs movie
Week vs next vs next-week
Soon vs gay
Family vs class
today-(now day) vs today-(now now)
ASK-(ask to) vs NEED/must/should/ought-to
Yesterday vs home
TOMORROW VS girl
Everyday vs aunt
Clothes vs shirt
Clothes vs dress
Month vs next-month
Year vs Year-(abbreviated version)
next year-(version 2) vs RIGHT
SOCKS: the sign uses "index finger" handshapes, not "H" handshapes.
Compare LIKE and WHITE. The sign LIKE ends up in an "8" handshape.
SCHOOL: review the hand position on this sign. The hands are somewhat perpendicular to each other rather
SHORT uses a single movement. CHILD uses a double movement.
PAY vs CHECK
PREFER vs LUCKY
WINTER vs WEATHER
CLEAN-up (a version of NICE) vs SCHOOL
TAKE-up / TAKE (as in take a class) vs pick up (as in FIND)
LOSE vs THROW-AWAY
WATER vs WINE