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PEPPER: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "pepper"


Shake an "F" handshape twice downward.



I love pepper.  Use a quick, small, double motion to mime the act of putting pepper on your food.
For ASL classes I tend to use the "F" handshape. (You can do this sign with a "P" handshape.  Many people do.) 
Note: If you add black pepper to turmeric it increases the absorption of curcumin by about 1000 times which can help prevent cancer.

Use an "f" handshape and a quick double motion.

Note: Some people do the sign pepper using a "C" or an "O" handshape.  If you see it -- just accept it eh?
However, to me "C" or "O" handshape can also mean "seasoning" or "seasonings." To mean to season something I'd use about bigger shakes or maybe even two hands if I'm feeling in the mood for lots of seasoning. 
Or to emphasize that you are "seasoning" something you can reposition your hand or move the sign in a semi-circle as if hold the seasoning jar over different parts of the food.  Sort of like shaking hot pepper seeds all over a pizza!   


To sign GREEN-PEPPER:  Sign "GREEN" then spell P-E-P-P-E-R.
To sign HOT-PEPPER:  Sign HOT then spell P-E-P-P-E-R.


PEPPER: (Variation: initialized version)  "P"  Some people initialize the sign PEPPER with a "P" handshape -- particularly when discussing green and red peppers. However I recommend you just spell "pepper" when discussing green peppers and red peppers.

(Also see: PEPPERONI)

Sure, some people will use the initialized "P"-"sprinkle on" sign as part of the sign for green-pepper or hot-pepper, but other people will make fun of those people and I'd just as soon you not be either of them folks. Eh?


Notes: Also see: SALT


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