Signs for HAT

Definition: A shaped covering for the head worn for warmth, as a fashion item, or as part of a uniform.

Related signs: KNIT CAP, BERET, HOOD.

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 HAT

Written ASL digit for "HAT" contributed by the ASLwrite community, 2018.

How to write ASL for HAT

Written ASL digit for HAT. Variation of the handshape. The curve represents the top of the head. Above the head is the handshape with two dots meaning double tap on the head. [Contributed by ASLwrite, 2020]

Deaf Culture and tidbits

A memorable anecdote

Before the 21th century, it was not unusual to find hearing teachers who didn't teach well to their deaf students. Some of them didn't care for the deaf students' education.

In the 1970s(?) at Gallaudet College (now Gallaudet University), there was a hearing teacher who showed up in his classes about 15-20 minutes late every time to the point that Deaf Gallaudet students were so fed up.

The Deaf students discussed and agreed not to show up the next class. The hearing teacher showed up very late and found no one was in class. Next class, he showed up on time and lectured everyone in signing, "Everyone, see this black hat on the desk. If you see this hat on the desk, it means I will come here. You STAY here and wait for me."

Next class, the hearing teacher showed up late as usual. Entering the class, he saw nobody was in the class but there were all hats on the students' desks!

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