The sign for vegetable also means "vegetables."
Here's the way I sign "vegetables." I just stick the tip of the index
finger of a "V" handshape on my cheek and twist my hand twice.
The "V" pivots on the tip of the index finger. The middle finger isn't
touching the face.
VEGETABLES: (Version 1)
I like the twisting version because the twisting movement is similar to the
sign for FRUIT.
Many of my friends sign vegetables this way. The "V" flips around and
faces backward. First the index finger touches the cheek, then the middle
VEGETABLE / VEGETABLES: (Version 2)
Even though I list this as "Version 2" doesn't mean it is any less
popular of a sign. Many people use this "flip" version.
VEGETABLES: (Version 2: Animated example)
Some people just spell the letters "V-E-G."
VEGETABLES: (Fingerspelled Version)
Note: Above I'm showing the letters very clearly, but quite often
when spelled at high speed the "e" in "VEG" ends up being done by
just bending the index and middle fingers (at the second and third
knuckles into a bent-V handshape) and then smoothly twisting into a
"G" handshape. Or you may see VEG done with just two
fingertips (index and middle) resting on the thumbnail section of
Note: If you do the twist on cheek version of the sign "vegetable" a
little lower (on the side of your chin) it can be used to mean "vinegar."
This usually isn't a problem during a conversation. I just include it here so
you can impress your friends with your knowledge of a sign that isn't well
VEGETABLE: "listing method"
An older method of signing "vegetable" consisted of listing off
several vegetables. Obviously that is a rather inefficient use of
time and movement. However, I still get questions from online
students about their local instructor having told them that the
"true ASL" or "pure" method of signing "vegetable" is to list off a
few vegetables. Hmmm...I'd say that is the "old" method -- not
the "pure" method. On the other hand (heh) language sometimes
evovles in a circular fashion and it is quite possible that this
"older" method will make a comeback due to the ongoing backlash
against the use of "initialization" in ASL.
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