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Sign Language - Common Hand Gestures and American Sign Language

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Updated April 27, 2009

Do hearing people use sign language even if they don't know sign language? The answer is, yes, sometimes they do, through common hand gestures that also have a presence in American Sign Language. Here are some common hand gestures and whether or not they are in ASL.

Common Hand Gestures

Come Here No
Cursing with Middle Finger No
Go Away No
Hi No
Ok Yes
Pointing Yes
Shaking Fist Yes
Shhh Yes
Stop Yes
Thumbs Up No
V for Victory Yes
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