Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
March 4, 2024


Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
510Higgins (1923) FEEL~PITYMERCYMERCY: "Feel" then right palm outward and circled as if on the back of the person pitied. (Pity).91hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=510&refid=higgins1923
163Long (1918) FEEL~PITYPITYPITY (feel sorry for): Draw the middle finger upward against the heart (feel), and then bring the open hand out extended toward the imaginary object of pity, making a kind of stroking or circular motion with the hand, as if giving comfort. V,84.30hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=163&refid=long1918
116Michaels (1923) FEEL~PITYCHARITYCHARITY: 1. Touch over the heart with the index finger of the right hand. 2. Stroke on some imaginary object in front of you. Use the same hand. Also 1. Pull downward under your left coat sleeve with the right hand: poor. 2. Move the right hand outward, palm up and act as if dropping something: give.40hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=116&refid=michaels1923
132Michaels (1923) FEEL~PITYCOMPASSIONCOMPASSION: 1. See pity. 44hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=132&refid=michaels1923
456Michaels (1923) FEEL~PITYPITYPITY: 1. Pass the middle finger of the right hand up over your heart. 2. Stroke the hand outward toward the object. 3. Have a kindly expression.100hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=456&refid=michaels1923
Tag ID Signer(Year) Reference Gloss   Context Segment URL
40Cloud (1913) FEEL~PITYN/A3P-SELF PASS-DOWN(rf) FANCY PEOPLE, RICH HAVE, LEARN WISE HAVE SOUL STRONG LOVE FEEL~PITY(2h) FOR(rf) PEOPLE, AND WITH EVERY++(linear) HOPE FOR(rf) GLORY SUCCEED IN ANY WORK WANT+, 2hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=cloud&glossid=40
298Dougherty (1913) FEEL~PITYN/ADOCTOR TROUBLE PROTECT(rt) DISCUSS(rt) GOD FEEL~PITY(rf-to-rc).31hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=dougherty&glossid=298
768Gallaudet (1910) FEEL~PITYN/A1P-IX-PL HAVE VERY PLEASANT TEA EAT MUCH AND THINKING ABOUT FEEL~PITY YOUNG W-H-I-C-H-A-L-S-E 3P-SELF(rt) LOVE FOR L-O-R-N-A D-O-O-N-E WRONG(2h) 3P-POSS(rt) LIVE HAPPY LOSE gs:ALAS67hsldb.georgetown.edu/films/tablefilm.php?source=gallaudet&glossid=768