ASL sign 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.

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]

Cross-cultural anecdote: a nice hat!

January 2008: A feisty, American young Deaf man, who worked as a ASL language instructor for a year in Tokyo, Japan, told me an incident in Japan where I stayed there for a few months. Here is his story in January 2008.

good gesture
"F-GOOD" gesture

One day, he saw a Japanese elderly woman who wore a fine, beautiful cartwheel or floppy hat. He genuinely wanted to compliment her, so he warmly approached her and gestured -- pointed to her hat and gestured F-GOOD (see the image above). The frail elder at first looked confused. Again, he pointed to her hat and gestured F-good! The lady looked aghast and rushed away. The American guy stood there, scratching his head. To that story, he still didn't figure it out but I burst out laughing with tears.

I explained to him that this F-handshape gesture is apparently associated with money in Japan and I could imagine how the old lady interpreted the guy's gestures, "Wow, look how expensive this hat must be". This old, traditionally conservative lady must be feeling intimidated by the high-spirited young American man talking about money. Hearing this explanation, the American guy suddenly looked illuminated. He then sincerely felt so bad so bad for her (and for himself, ha).

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