Sign Families

All in the family

Movement Description – the designated handshapes in front of the chest, twist at the wrists and move apart in an outward circular movement, and come together again, pinky side by pinky side.
A Hands for agency, association
C Hands for bracket, bunch, category, class, mass, section, series
D Hands for department, division
F Hands for family, fraternity
G Hands for group
H Hands for huddle
L Hands for league
O Hands for organization
R Hands for relative
S Hands for set (computer), society, sorority
T Hands for team
W Hands to S Hands for workshop
4 Hands for circle/circular formation (as in to be/sit/stand in a circle)

Allow me

Movement description: the designated handshapes, at each side, move forward and upward in an arc.
A Hands for attempt
E Hands for effort
L Hands for let
O Hands to P Hand for opportune, opportunity
P Hands for permit, permission, privilege
S Hands for strive
T Hands for try
Open Hands for allow, grant

Altar

Movement description: the designated handshapes touching each other in front of the body, move apart to the side of the body and then downward.
A Hands for altar
C Hands for chart
F Hands for form, format
M Hands for museum
R Hands for resume
S Hands for system
T Hands for terminal (as in computer terminal)

Area

Movement description: the designated handshapes held in front of the body and touching each other, move backward in a circular movement, touching again.
A Hands for area, space
D Hands for district
I Hands for island
L Hands for local, location
P Hands for place, position
R Hands for region, regional
S Hands for space (alternate sign for space)
Slight variation: forward, not backward movement
F for field

Atlanta

Movement description: the designated handshape touches the left side of the chest and then touches the right side of the chest.
A Hand for Atlanta
B Hand for board
C Hand for citizen, Congress
C Hand to L Hand for council
F Hand for faculty
L Hand for legislature
M Hand for member
S Hand for Senate
S Hand to F Hand for staff
T Hand for trustee
Curved 5 Hand for committee

Body

Movement description: the designated handshapes, at each side of the chest, move downward to touch the side of the waist.
A Hands for anatomy
H Hands for health, human, hygiene
P Hands for physical
V Hands for victim
Open Hands for body

Change

Movement Description – the designated handshapes, one on top of the other, reverse positions. Slight variations noted.
A Hands for adapt, adjust, adjustment, alter, shift, switch, turn
E hands for encode, evolution
F Hands for interpret, interpreting
R hands for repent, repentance, reverse
T Hands for transformation, translate, translation
X Hands for change
Open Hands for become, turn into
Slight variation – reverse and return to the starting position
C Hands for convert (as in one’s faith)
Slight variation – double movement twist
D Hands for decode
M Hands for modification, modify
Slight variation – repeated twisting movements
R Hands for renovate, renovation, remodel, restore

Circle the heart

Movement Description – the designated handshape makes a small circle in front of the heart and then touches the chest. Slight variation noted
A Hand for attitude
C Hand for character, characteristic
M Hand for moral
N Hand for noble
P Hand for personality
Q Hand for qualification, qualify
R hand for role
Slight variation – double circle only
M Hand for missionary
N Hand for nature
P for personal
Slight variation – twists and touches
R Hand for reputation

Communication

Movement description: the designated handshapes, move back and forth from the mouth in an alternating movement.
C Hands for communicate, communication, conversation, converse
D Hands for dialogue
I Hands for interview
N Hands for negotiate, negotiation
R Hands for reference
S and C Hands for simultaneous communication
T and C Hands for total communication
Index Finger Hands for talk, mediate, mediation

Draw a 7

Movement description: the designated handshape traces the number seven in the air. Slight variation noted.
B Hand for Boston
C Hand for Chicago
D Hand for Detroit
P Hand for Philadelphia
S Hand for semester
X Hand for Texas
Slight variation – trace the percent sign
O Hand for percent

End Result

Movement description: the designated handshape slides across the index finger side of the nondominant open hand and then downward in front of its fingertips
C for conclude, conclusion
R for result
T for terminal, terminate
Open hand for end
Slight variation: nondominant hand is the B hand
A to the open hand for abend (computer terminology)

Environment

Movement description: the designated handshape moves in a small semicircle around the nondominant index finger.
A Hand for atmosphere
C Hand for circumstance, circumstantial, condition, cultural, culture
E Hand for environment, environmental
O Hand for orientation
S Hand for situation, surround

Freedom

Movement description: the designated handshapes cross in front of the body and then swing apart
D Hands for deliver, deliverance
F Hands for free, freedom
I Hands for independent
L Hands for liberal, liberty
R Hands for redeem, rescue
S Hands for safe, salvation, save, secure, security

Generation after generation

Movement description: the designated handshapes in front of the shoulder move forward by rolling over each other in an alternating movement. Slight variation noted.
C Hands for civilization
G Hands for generation
H Hands for heritage, heredity
T Hands for tradition, traditional
Flattened O Hands for hand down, hand-me-down, inheritance, pass down
Slight variation – reverse movement
L Hand for legend, legendary
Open Hand for ancestors

Government

Movement Description – the designated handshape, held near the side of the head, twists at the wrist and touches the side of the head.
F Hand for federal
G Hand for government
M Hand for mayor
P Hand for political, politics

Hospital

Movement description: the designated handshape (dominant hand) traces a cross on the upper (nondominant) arm.
A Hand for ambulance
C Hand for clinic
H Hand for hospital
I Hand for infirmary
P Hand for patient
Slight variation in tracing the cross
C Hand for client (medical)

It’s a wonder

Movement description: the designated handshape moves in a circular
movement by the side of the forehead. Slight variation noted.
C for conscious
L for logic
M for meditate, meditation
R for rational, rationale, realization, realize, reason
T for theory
Index finger for consider, contemplate, ponder, thinking, thinking about, wonder
Slight variation: instead of a circular movement, a short downward double movement
P for philosophy

Law

Movement description: the designated handshape touches the fingertips of the left open hand, and then moves downward touching the heel of the left open hand.
A Hand for agenda
A to an M Hand for algorithm
B Hand for byte
B to a G hand for background
C Hand for Commandment, Constitution
C to an E hand for Code of Ethics
F Hand for formula
L Hand for law, legal
P Hand for policy, principle
R Hand regulation, rule
S Hand for state
T Hand for Testament
W Hand for will (as in God’s will)

Make a small circle

Movement Description – the designated handshape is used to form a small circle in front of the right shoulder.
C Hand for century
F Hand for Friday
H Hand for Thursday
L Hand for library
M Hand for Monday
S Hand for Saturday
T Hand for Tuesday
U Hand for use, utilize
W Hand for Wednesday
Slight variation – both hands
Open Hands for Sunday

Mathematics

Movement description: the designated handshapes cross near the wrists with a double movement.
A handshape for algebra, algebraic
C handshape for calculus
G handshape for geometry
M handshape for math, mathematics
S handshape for statistics
T handshape for trigonometry
V handshape for arithmetic, estimate, figure, figure out, multiplication

Money in the hand

Movement description: the designated handshape touches lightly in a double movement the palm of the left open hand handshape.
E Hand for economic, economical, economy
F Hand for finances, financial, funds
S Hand for scholarship
Flattened O Hand for money

Nice and clean.

The designated handshape slides, from heel to fingertips, across the palm of the open hand (nondominant). Slight variation noted.
D Hand for divine
H Hand for honest, honesty, frank, frankly
P Hand for pure, purification, purify
O Hand for orthodox
S Hand for saint
Modified C Hand for layer, plush
Open Hand for clean, nice
Slight variation: double movement
Open Hand for clean up
Open Hand fingertips for excuse, forgive, forgiveness, pardon

Royal Sash

Movement description: the designated handshape touches the left side of the chest and then touches the right side of the waist.
A Hand for ambassador
C Hand for Christ
D Hand for deacon
E Hand for emperor
K Hand for king
L Hand for Lord
P Hand for prince
R Hand for royal
Q Hand for queen
Y Hand for Yugoslavia

Sentence

Movement description: the designated handshapes, held in front of the body, move apart to each side of the body in a wavy fashion. Slight variations noted below.
F Hand for message, phrase, sentence
G Hand for grammar
L Hand for language
Slight variation – straight double movement apart
D Hands for decode
F Hands for caption
Slight variation – straight movement apart
L to an S Hand for linguistics

Shake it

Movement description: the designated handshape, held in front of the shoulder, shakes back and forth in place. Slight variations noted.
A Hand for arthritis
C Hand for conservative
D Hand for democracy, democrat, democratic
E Hand for emergency
F Hand for furniture
I Hand for infection, insurance, insure
M for meter
N Hand for neutral
R Hand for republic, republican
T Hand for bathroom, lavatory, toilet, restroom, washroom
V Hand for vanilla, vitamin
Index Finger Hand for where
Slight variation – slower movement
E hand for Easter
Slight variation – both hands
W Hands for weather

Show just how big

Movement description: the designated handshapes, held in front of the body, move apart to each side.
B Hands for big
G Hands for great
L Hands for large, massive
Slight variation – touch and move apart
V Hands for very
Curved 5 Hands for a lot, lot, immense, much

Teach me

Movement description: the designated handshapes held in front of each side of the
head move forward in a double movement. Slight variations noted
T for tutor
Flattened O hands for indoctrinate, indoctrination, teach
Slight variation: movement is shoulder height
D Hands for doctrine
I Hands for instruct
Slight variation: singular movement
E to D for education, educate

This is the Way

Movement description: the designated handshapes, held on each side of the body, move forward.
D hand for dynamic (computer terminology)
R Hand for road
S Hand for street
T Hand for technique
W Hand for way
Open Hands for path, route

Twist and Shake

Movement Description – the designated handshape, held up to the side of your body, twists back and forth. Slight variation noted.
B Hand for blue
C for clue
E Hand for Easter (alternate sign)
G Hand for green
P Hand for purple
Y Hand for yellow
Slight variation: both hands
P Hands for party
T Hands for toy
Y Hands for play, romp

Useful things

Movement description: the designated handshape held in front of the body moves in a double arc to the side of the body. Slight variation noted
E Hand for equipment
M Hand for material (media)
R Hand for resource
Open Hand for thing
Slight variation: single arc movement
P Hand for property

Year after year

Movement description: the designated handshapes, dominant hand slightly above the nondominant hand, move in a forward circular fashion around each other, ending with the dominant hand resting on top of the nondominant hand.
A handshape for alumnus
G handshape for global, globe
I handshape for international
S handshape for year
U handshape for universe, universal
W handshape for world