Note: The "ASL Browser's" sign for trash or garbage (as of June 9, 2007) is generally considered
in other parts of the country to be the sign for
"metal." I think if you ask 10 or more Deaf people in
different areas of the country you will find the majority supporting the version at Lifeprint as
being fairly "standard."
Additionally, the "ASL Brower's sign for "metal" (as of
June 9, 2007) is what
"most" Deaf people use as the sign for: "ceramic,
porcelain, cement, tooth, dentist, and one of the signs for glass."
Note: The ASLpro.com sign for "garbage"
(as of June 9, 2007)
shows a combination of "DIRTY" and a classifier depicting a large
cylinder--which is obviously intended to mean a "garbage can." Their sign for "garbage disposal" uses a regionally narrow
variation of the sign garbage that is commonly used in many states to mean "LETTUCE
or cabbage" followed by a widely accepted
sign for disposal-"grind up."
Note: I encourage you to interact with a large number of Deaf people
from a wide variety of backgrounds. In doing so you will start to
recognize which sign variations are widely used and understood by
the largest audience. As time goes on you keep adding to your own repertoire of variations that you recognize. For example, there is
a lesser known (rare) variation of "garbage" that touches an "8" or "F" hand to the nose and then flicks the hand outward
while opening up into a "5" hand.
From: Jacqueline Norman
Sent: Mon, Oct 29, 2018 4:12 pm
Subject: Regional sign suggestion?
Hello! I have just begun browsing your site recently, as I am from an area
which used primarily ASLPro.
I noticed while clicking around there was a conversation over the sign
commonly used for TRASH. In my personal experience, I have noticed the
under-the-chin-metal-twice sign used primarily in Midwestern states,
specifically in Michigan. Most people I know who signed in Michigan used the
under-chin sign. I don't know whether this is still the case, as I have been
gone for about 6 years now, but I know this was the case around 2010.
Perhaps it was simply a regional sign that has gone out of style? I thought
I would just offer my experience, as I know that sign still slips out once
in a while for me (oops!)
Arizona State Schools for the Deaf and the Blind
In a message dated 4/30/2008 5:15:30 A.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
Hi Dr. Bill,
I was trying to find a sign for "dump".
Can't seem to find one anywhere, wondered if you had any
I have a hearing impaired son who is 8 and we take his
spelling words every week and learn the signs for those.
Let me know what you can find.
Thanks a lot,
It depends on what you mean. If you mean, "dump out the contents of a
small container" then you would just mime the process.
If I want to say, "I need to go to the dump,"
the concept of dump would be spelled, for example