To sign "bottom" hold the dominant hand about six inches below the
The non-dominant hand doesn't move. The dominant hand does a down-up-down
patting movement. The movement is in the wrist.
Think of "patting the bottom of a box."
Some people "circle" the dominant hand, but to me that means
To sign "top," form both hands into flat hands. Hold the non-dominant
hand (generally) vertical. Then use the dominant hand to pat the "top"
of the non-dominant hand twice. In my example below I wish I had held
my left hand a bit more vertical, but then again this might be a good time
to point out that there is a "citation" version of a sign (the full, pretty,
complete, carefully enunciated version) and the "casual" (sloppy,
half-formed, lazy) way that most of us Deaf actually do sign on a daily
"on the LEFT side"
The movement for this sign is similar to patting a wall on your left. Pat it
twice with your fingers. The movement is in the wrist (not the arm).
Click for an for an animation of:
"on the left side"
"on the right side"
The movement for "on the right side" is as if you were patting a wall on
your right. It is an awkward little sign but it still the one we use.
Animation: "on the right side"
Also see: RIGHT
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