Signs for TAP

There are several ways of signing different concepts or meanings in sentences, sometimes requiring the use of classifiers (e.g. tapping one's foot).

Meaning: A device by which a flow of liquid or gas from a pipe or container can be controlled; faucet.

This sign is especially referring to an everyday water faucet, regardless of the changes of the modern faucet.

Related signs: FAUCET.

To connect a device to (a telephone) so that conversation can be listened to secretly; wiretap.

Related signs: OVERHEAR, MONITOR, BUG.

Meaning: To strike on one's shoulder with quick light blows. (Commonly used in Deaf culture to get attention in proximity.)

Related signs: TOUCH, PAT, NUDGE, POKE.

Meaning: (of foot) to gently strike on the surface with quick light blows.

(of foot/leg) to gently strike on the surface or ground with quick light blows.

Related signs: FIDGET.

Deaf Culture and tidbits

Furry Anecdote

Handspeak's furry friends Kibe and Fritzy the Cats tap my arm or leg as if they were a human. Initially, Kibe's tapping confused me with that of my young daughter, quite momentarily scary when I was alone at home. Similar experiences with a few Deaf owners of some cats.

Youngster Fritzy initially meowed to me, later observed and learned from Kibe, and then started tapping me. Now she's really good at communication -- tapping me and then leading me to a spot for food, play, or message that Kibe is at the door outside.

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