The sign for "glasses" can mean either
"glasses" or Gallaudet.
If you need to clarify between the two, you could use a double motion for
glasses or you could use a two handed version of glasses.
GLASSES or GALLAUDET or "Moses"
Another way to sign glasses is touch a modified "C" hand
(index and thumb) to your cheek and brow to show the rim of the glasses, move
the sign out from your face a half-inch then move it back to your face again.
GLASSES ("rim" variation)
If you use two hands this sign could be used to mean "goggles." If you
use a single larger movement it means "put on goggles." If you use two
smaller movements it means "goggles" (or glasses).
GOGGLES: (or glasses)
Optional discussion notes / Not needed for class:
In a message dated 4/28/2009 a student named "Chase" writes:
<<For “glasses,” if you wear glasses, should you touch the rim of them in the
sign or do it in front of them? Just a guess, but I would think it might also be
possible to grab them with the thumb and index finger and wiggle them for a
second to mean “glasses” as well…almost like the way that you sign “shirt” by
pinching and wiggling the fabric. Speaking of shirt, what do you do if you’re
at the beach and not wearing a shirt? Do you just grab an imaginary one?>>
Even if you do wear glasses they would not normally be touched during
the signing of the concept "GLASSES." The sign "GLASSES" is generally done
very quickly and touching your glasses at high speed is not a good idea.
If I had a dollar for every time my wild gesticulations sent my glasses
flying I could buy that new camera I've been wanting.
I would tend to spell S-H-I-R-T if I didn't have one on. Or I would use
the other version of SHIRT which is sometimes labeled as "blouse"
but it isn't gender specific -- really the sign "blouse" is just a sign
that shows a covering over the torso (which can easily mean "shirt" in
-- Dr. Bill
Why would the sign MOSES use the sign for GLASSES?
The MOSES sign seems to have originally been based on
white hair on Moses.
According to the story, Moses saw God and then
Moses' hair turned white.
The sign could perhaps have
started as a reference to a streak of WHITE-HAIR and mutated over
time into GLASSES.
-- Dr. Bill
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