Signs for doorknob, door handle

Two variations depend on whether a door has a handle or a knob.

Meaning: A handle (knob type) on a door that is turned to release the latch to open or close the door.

Pronunciation (sign description) for the knob type: DOOR + dominant "claw" hand with the palm facing outward quickly twists at the wrist twice or a few times.

Pronunciation (sign description) for the handle type: DOOR + domiant "S" with its palm facing down in space twists at the wrist twice.

Related signs: DOOR.

Funny Anecdote

At a clinic for my 18 month old coda's vaccination and checkup in 2012, the nurse and I sat at the desk in a clinic room, looking over the child development checklist. Because I'm Deaf, it'd be easier for her to point to each question and looked at me for a nod. Yes, checklist, yes, checklist.

As we reached the next question, "Can your child pull down a door handle?" At the very precise time, the nurse's head suddenly turned around at the same time I followed her gaze. We looked at my toddler rushing toward the door and pulling down the handle. The nurse and I turned, looked at each other, and laughed. Without a word in ASL or English, she checked the box. Action is a word sometimes.

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