Signs for SHAME

Definition: A painful feeling of humiliation caused by the awareness of having done something wrong, foolish, or dishonorable.

Pronunciation/articulation: Dominant "15" with the backside of the fingers on the cheek brushes outward once.

In many cultures, a non-signing gesture may be familiar: dominant forefinger brushes forward across the non-dominant forefinger twice.

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 SHAME

Written ASL digit for "SHAME". [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2019]

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Cross-cultural anecdote

A friendly gentleman played with his toddler (older than Juli) near the slide. Juli looked at the toddler and signed the ASL word SLIDE (with the imperfect production due to early phonological development).

Imagine a 19-month-old girl matter-of-factly told another toddler, "shame", and moved along! This "slide" production (with the forefinger instead of correct "H or U" handshape) wasn't phonologically developed yet, so it could be misinterpreted like that gesture. I truly hoped the man didn't see that way, or at least saw it as another meaning.

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