Signs for STAY

Meaning: To remain in the same place.


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 writing for STAY

ASLwrite for STAY.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Funny anecdote

Kids say, or even act, the dardnest cute things. It's a joy to see through babies and toddlers' cognitive world.

What comes to your mind when hearing this phrase "a magical word"? "Please", right? I discovered an interesting phenomenon with a more magical word "stay there" that I couldn't explain how or why.

Over a few days or so, I noticed that every time I signed stay-there. Baby Juli (age 1;2) responded by squatting down.

Then, Juli usually stood or would walk around while brushing her teeth. Every time she left the bathroom, I'd guide her back into the bathroom and explained [when-cond] toothbrush, stay-there (translated as "When brushing teeth, stay there"). She obediently squatted down.

Scratching my head, where did Juli pick up from? Somewhere, someone spoke to a dog, "sit down" that Juli mistook the ASL sign "stay there" for English "sit down"? My best poor theory.

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