EGG in Sign Language
Which came first, the chicken or the egg? Sorry, how do you sign "egg" in ASL?
Meaning: An oval or round object laid by a female bird, reptile, fish, or invertebrate, usually containing a developing embryo.
Pronunciation (sign description): Two-handed, horizontal "H" hands with the palms diagonally facing in with the dominant fingers on top of the non-dominant fingers both swing downward twice -- sometimes once, depending on the contexts.
Learner tip: Make sure that the movement for both hands is simultaneous and symmetrical. Otherwise, a common mistake can look like KNIFE (or occasionally NAME) as sometimes found in ASL learners.
Waitress: "How do you like your eggs?"
Non-native English learner: "What? Um, I like them very much."
Waitress: "Ok, how would you like your eggs to be cooked? Boiled, scrambled, or others?"
"Um, I think I'd like to have some CHICKEN instead, please."
[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.]
Written ASL digit for "EGG". [Contributed by Alexandra Monto-Stein in ASLwrite, 2019]