FAMOUS in sign language

ASL sign for FAMOUS

ASL sign for FAMOUS

How to sign "famous" in American Sign Language (ASL)?

Definition: known or recognized by very many people.

Pronunciation (sign description): Two "X" or clawed "1", palms facing each other, tips of forefinger in contact with sides of chin, both move outward in a double arc motion.

We Deaf signers sometimes inflect this ASL word to variants to convey a gradient of meanings such as "very famous", "infamous" with intonation, and few others.



Opposite: UNKNOWN.

Few examples of famous Deaf people: Lauren Ridloff, CJ Jones, Laurent CLERC, Paddy LADD, Marlee MATLIN, ...

Written ASL

[Note: ASL writing is not an official standard. This sign language writing remains in a state of open space to allow room for experiment, evolution, and improvement.]

ASL written for FAMOUS

Written ASL word for FAMOUS (2021). The curved line represents the chin. Above is the movement. Below is the two-handed claw-1 handshape.

ASL written for FAMOUS

Same except for the handshape which is index finger. Image contributed by Todd Hicks the ASLwrite community, 2017.

Remember that the digit is written from the signer's perspective.

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