Definition: to put forward (an idea or plan) for consideration or discussion by others.

PROPOSE+MARRAGE: to make an offer of marriage to someone.


Deaf Culture and tidbits

How many were there people who have used this website to learn ASL words to make a marriage proposal? I have no idea.

The earliest marriage proposal that I know of was circa 2002. A Mumbai-based Indian journalist learned some ASL signs from this website to make a proposal marriage to his future wife in ASL. Neither of them was Deaf. (A few years later, I had the opportunity to meet them and their baby in India.)

The latest proposal that I am aware of was July 2019. Kyle "Will" Hicks prepared to make a proposal to her girlfriend who was going to become an ASL interpreter. So, he wanted to pop the question in ASL, "Will you marry me?"

After the proposal, he sent me the video with a message, "Thank you because without your website, I couldn't have done it.

Kyle described the video: "On one side, the sign[paper] said 'Of all the fish in the sea, you're the one for me.' And when they flipped it over, the sign[paper] said 'Jessica, will you marry me?' There were some kissing fish as the background of the sign[paper]."

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