dictionary word group

words: dictionary; encyclopedia

sign for dictionary

dictionary: right “D” hand flip inward toward body twice, off tips of left flat hand fingers

sign for encyclopedia

encyclopedia: right “E” hand flip inward toward body twice, off tips of left flat hand fingers


Recently we were informed about a sign that has nothing to do with ASL or any sign language, but is a sign we all need to be aware of, as it is the: DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SIGNAL.

It has recently made the news but has been around before the beginning of Covid in 2020. The isolation of Covid brought out the greater need for this sign to be made known, as domestic violence escalated during the lock downs.

One police department decided to publish this information and now it is catching on.

Even before 2010, parents were looking for a sign for their children who may be in need of help or assistance from an abductor or bully etc.

Violence at home signal for help or need assistance, use this gesture during a video call or from a vehicle, or in any public setting, try not to allow the person abusing you to see this signal.

1. Hold hand up with palm facing other person.
2. Tuck thumb into palm.
3. Fold fingers down over thumb. 

If you see this signal be alert to how you may be of assistance or call 911 and report all the information you can.

Domestic violence sign

We could use your help

There is a lot of hard work, time and effort going into this website, we need your help.
Please help us get the word out about this free dictionary.
If you would please do a post, you may use the graphic below or
If you are willing to print off the flyer below and tack up the flyer up on any bulletin board like:
in a laundry mat, or school or church or community board.

We would very much appreciate it.

Thank you and God bless you,
Miss J and Mrs J.

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website flyer

Benefits of sign language

Recently, we met a physical therapist, who was delighted to get one of our “courtesy” cards for the signing English website. She was an intern and noticed a lot of different patients struggle not only with health issues but the ability to communicate as well. She listed a few physical limitations that may require the use of an alternative way of communicating. Below is the summation of our conversation.
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sign language helps individuals rather children or adults with special needs or disabilities
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sign language is not just for the deaf and hard of hearing (HoH) but often those who struggle with other issues of communicating, for one reason or another (this list below is far from complete):
individuals with unique understanding, comprehension, and articulation (responding)
neurological disorders; multiple sclerosis (MS); brain trauma; Parkinson’s
severe temporomandibular joint (TMJ) issues (jaw); dental trauma; or
accident causing jaw issues
partial complex seizures and epilepsy
anaphylaxis (allergic reactions that make the throat swell rather mild or severe)
special need individuals; down syndrome; autism, etc.
visual learners
individuals who have trouble with speech due to anxiety
dry mouth from medications
permanent language problems, aphasia
severe fatigued
bell’s palsy
muscles used for speech are weak: aphonia or dysphonia
vocal cord damage
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sign language as a visual language improves:
motor skills
brain function – motivates and develops the speech center
promotes early word recognition
promotes intellectual development earlier
promotes retention of information earlier
reduces frustration in the struggle to communicate
breaks down barriers in communication
sense of accomplishment
speaking with your mouth full (my daughter added this one)
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Babies can often do sign language before they get verbal skills mastered, so it is never to early or to late to start with babies

Adults with brain injury from an accident or war injuries also master sign language before they can master speech.
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Personally I never connected the need for sign language with the TMJ that I struggle with but more with the hard of hearing and the mild anaphylaxis, so maybe you know someone who is struggling to communicate and could use a hand learning sign language and you can help them, just like my daughter is learning with me.

Mrs. J.

atheist word group

words: atheist; cynic; cynical; skeptic

sign for atheist

atheist: shake “A” hand in front of face

sign for cynic

cynic: “V” hand in front of face draws out and down changing to “bent V”

sign for cynical

cynical: “V” hand in front of face draws out and down changing to “bent V”; add “L”

sign for skeptic

skeptic: “V” hand in front of face change to “bent V” several times while head shakes “no”