Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
March 2, 2024


Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
273Higgins (1923) SELF(emphatic)EGOTISMEGOTISM: Back of right thumb of vertical "A" hand struck several times against prominent chest. (Self) (Ambition).51hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=273&refid=higgins1923
683Higgins (1923) SELF(emphatic)SAUCYSAUCY: Both "A" hands, thumbs up and palms inward, up and down in front of shoulders, head saucily erect.120hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=683&refid=higgins1923
32Long (1918) SELF(emphatic)SELF (emphatic)SELF (emphatic): The position and movement of the hand is similar to that in "him," "her," etc., but is made in an emphatic way or with great force.17hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=32&refid=long1918
175Long (1918) SELF(emphatic)AMBITIOUSAMBITIOUS (anxious to put oneself forward): Place the back of the thumb of "A" hand against breast, and with a more or less strong motion bring the hand up and outward, giving the body a sympathetic motion to indicate pushing oneself forward. Note: The same sign with a wilful expression of countenance and movement of the head is sometimes made to indicate wilfulness. The hand is held more firmly against the breast indicating "self."31hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=175&refid=long1918
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