Pronunciation (sign description): Thumb of the dominant "10" hand (handshape) touches the temple of head and then transforms (movement) into the "5" handshape with the thumb on the side of the chest (location).
Phonological variation: Dominant "5" hand (handshape) with the thumb in contact with the temple of the head and the palm facing left if dominantly right-handed moves from the temple to the side of the chest (movement and location).
Regional/generational variation. The idea of this sign originated from a man wearing a cap brim in the olden days.
This sign is less commonly used than the first two above. This sign may be referred more to other synonyms such as GUY.
[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.]
Two handshape variations for MAN.
Variation of the ASL sign for MAN. The left side represents the upper part of the head. The handshapes show the movement from open whole "G" to closed whole "G".
Deaf Culture and tidbits
Mispronunciation: "The trios in ASL 212 were practicing a translation into ASL based on a short story projected on the wall screen. The paragraph was about how a couple prepared for a much looking-forward-to romantic candle-lit dinner while their children were away for a sleepover. As they unplugged the phone and excitedly sat down for dinner, suddenly there was a doorbell ring only to discover that the wife's out-of-state parents came for a surprising visit. The student in a trio kept mispronouncing in ASL, signing MAN instead of PARENT and no students corrected her. So, I intervened to correct. The trio laughed so hard, imagining the husband discovering a male stranger coming for a surprising visit." -- Jolanta Lapiak, Winter Term 2020.
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