Signs for SALT

Definition: A natural white crystalline substance that is used for seasoning or preserving food as well as giving flavor.

Opposite: PEPPER.


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Deaf Culture and tidbits


A possible origin of the ASL sign SALT by Lyn J. Wiley's personal theory: "From dinner etiquette of the 1800s; Each person had an individual salt dish and dipped the end of their knife into the salt. Then, they held it over their plate and 'tapped on' the knife, causing the salt to sprinkle down onto their food." (Via email, May 2015)

Favorite sign

In every ASL 111/101, the beginner students were asked, "What is your most favorite ASL sign? Pick one ASL sign." SALT is one of the most common favorite signs among the hearing students.

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