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American Sign Language: "cookie"

The right (or dominant) hand is in a loose "C" handshape. You bring the right hand down onto the left hand, then you lift up the right hand rotate it and bring it down again on the left hand. Twist your right hand as if cutting out cookies from cookie dough. 

"What kind of cookies do you like?" = COOKIE, YOU LIKE WHAT-KIND?

Notes: A student asks:
Student: "Does COOKIE use a rotating letter C in the palm of the the opposite hand?"
Dr Bill: You could use the letter "C" but I use a more relaxed "claw type" hand. There is no need to initialize the sign COOKIE with the English letter "C." The handshape is based on the general size and shape of a cookie -- not on the English word. Yes, the loose-C rotates but it also moves up and off the palm as it rotates and then comes back down onto the palm to finish the sign.

Note: ASL and English are two distinct (different) languages. You should avoid trying to force ASL to become more English-like by adding unnecessary "letters" to signs that are already clear and well established in the Deaf community.  Focus on learning to sign like native Deaf adults do.


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