Business: (version 2) This version uses a flat hand for the left handshape instead of an "S" hand.
In lesson twenty-two, you show the sign for business with a fist NDH, and in your sentence use a flat "B" shaped NDH, does it matter which is used, or is it a local variation?
Both versions of the non-dominant hand (“S” or “flat”) are common in the sign for “business.”
The non-dominant hand (NDH) or “base hand” in the sign BUSINESS can be done with:
1. An “S”-hand (or “fist”)
2. A “B”-hand (or rather a “flat hand”)
3. A loose hand (during high speed casual signing)
The sign BUSINESS is most likely evolved from the sign for WORK. The sign for WORK traditionally uses “S”-hands.
There are several common variations of the sign for “business.”
NDH:S / DH:B / bounce movement
NDH:B / DH:B / sweep movement:
NDH: S / DH: B / sweep motion: https://youtu.be/7JaE8_Q3zW0
Somewhat loose NDH example:
BUSY (signed version)
NDH:S / DH:B / movement: quick repeating sweep / Marker: somewhat intense facial expression
It’s not your business! (signed version)
NDH:S / DH:B / large movement / intense facial expression
None of your business! (fingerspelled version: fs-NYB)
Note: the example above is being done slowly for demonstration purposes, however the NYB sign is typically done very quickly. See: https://youtu.be/liDRahbOmNs
American Sign Language University ™ ASL resources by Lifeprint.com © Dr. William Vicars