American Sign Language For Dummies with Online Videos, 3rd Edition
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Iconic or natural signs look like what they mean — the up and down motion of brushing your teeth that means toothbrush, for instance, or the right and left punches that mean boxing. Iconic signs always show action. Here are some examples:

Boxing

Boxing

Looks like you’re “putting up your dukes.” Like the sign for boxing, many sports signs are iconic.

Drive

Drive

Pretend that you’re steering a car.

Eat

Eat

Act like you’re putting food in your mouth.

Milk

Milk

Have you ever seen a cow being milked? That’s how you sign milk.

Swimming/pool

Swimming/pool

Think of when you walk through the shallow end of the pool and extend your arms out in front of you to clear the water.

Toothbrush/brush teeth

Toothbrush/brush teeth

If you’ve ever brushed your teeth with your finger, you made the sign for toothbrush and for brushing your teeth.

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Adan R. Penilla II, PhD, NIC, NAD IV, CI/CT, SC:L, ASLTA, teaches American Sign Language at Colorado State University and is a freelance interpreter for the Colorado court system. Angela Lee Taylor has taught ASL for Pikes Peak Community College and the Colorado School for the Deaf and the Blind.

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