Historical Sign Language Database
Georgetown University
February 24, 2024


Entry ID Book Source Reference Gloss Author’s gloss Description Page URL
697Higgins (1923) SHARP(edge)SHARPSHARP: Left palm rightward, fingers pointing outward, and right fingers downward, palm leftward, used as if to whet lower edge of left palm. (Shrewd) (Cunning).122hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=697&refid=higgins1923
592Long (1918) SHARP(edge)SHARP (edge)SHARP (a sharp edge): Holding the open left hand out, pass the end of the middle finger of the right "5" hand (slightly bent further in than the other fingers) along the lower edge as if feeling its keenness, then draw away the hand quickly, giving it a twist so that the finger comes to point downward.70hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=592&refid=long1918
516Michaels (1923) SHARP(edge)SHARPSHARP: 1. Hold your left index finger up as a knife blade. 2. Draw the soft part of the right thumb along the left index finger. 3. Move the thumb quickly away and shake it down. 4. Have a satisfied look.111hsldb.georgetown.edu/books/book-window.php?id=516&refid=michaels1923
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