Profanity in American Sign Language From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Jump to navigation Jump to search American Sign Language ASL , the sign language used by the deaf community throughout most of North America , has a rich vocabulary of terms, which include profanity.
Within deaf culture, there is a distinction drawn between signs used to curse versus signs that are used to describe sexual acts. In usage, signs to describe detailed sexual behavior are highly taboo due to their graphic nature. As for the signs themselves, some signs do overlap, but they may also vary according to usage.
For example, the sign for " shit " when used to curse is different from the sign for "shit" when used to describe the bodily function or the fecal matter. Examples[ edit ] The back of dominant open b- handshape flipped out under chin literally means "so what? In the s, the myth was made that the b-handshape flipped under the chin was a sign of saying "Fuck you".
These are actually gestures and not actual ASL signs. Some linguists contend that when the middle finger is used directionally, and pointed at someone or something, it becomes a sign.
Another common sign for "fuck" uses an "FK" abbreviation, signed with an f-handshape changing to a k-handshape, which is referred to as a "loan sign". A "loan sign" is when a fingerspelled word is modified to leave out letters, form a specific shape, or move in a specific direction to become an actual sign 1.
The hand passes below and to the side of the chin twice. More commonly, the back of the "B" hand brushes the cheek, twice. The sign for "bitch" is often confused for the English sign "be" or the sign "breakfast. This sign also means "sex. This sign is often confused for "gender".
If you are trying to use the word "fuck" as in "fuck you", you can sign it by holding your middle finger towards someone and then pointing it at them. Another way to sign it is by acting aggravated.
Holding a d-handshape in front of the body with the index finger pointing somewhat forward and to the left and the palm pointing somewhat down, then shoving the hand quickly down and to the right in an arc as if condemning someone to hell signifies " damn " The sign properly ends pointing mostly down and off to the right a bit.
Doing this sign with an "H" means " hell ". A common misconception is the sign for "bullshit. The non-dominant hand mimics the "business end" with flapping fingers.
This sign is not considered part of ASL. It is however part of New Zealand Sign Language. An alternative is to make a "C" around your nose, rotate the "C", and then close your hand in a fist and face your palm to your nose. These signs are, however, not used as jokes. To sign the equivalent of a joking "that's BS," you simply sign the letters B-S. The well-known OK gesture , when held with the thumb on top at the level of the chest means " asshole ", as seen in the film Mr.
Asshole can also be signed by tapping an A on the side of the head twice. Also, by rocking "F" sign downward from the wrist, twice. The common sign for the noun "shit" is the thumbs-up signal with one hand, the other hand grasping the thumb and pulling upwards.
The exclamation "shit" is signed by jamming the thumb of the dominant hand, on top, into a fist on the other hand.