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From:  Bill Reese
Date:  Tue Jun 8, 1999  1:35 am
Subject:  Re: Another use for SW

Funny you mention that. At a recent meeting of the Suncoast chapter of the
Association of Late-Deafened Adults (ALDA), we had a guest speaker from
baseball. Someone asked him about the signs the coaches use. The speaker
replied that a lot of the gesturing is meant to keep someone from figuring out
what they are saying rather than the actual message. They touch certain things
they are wearing - a touch to the belt buckle may have a meaning. There is one
signal that means "forget everything I just said." It's meant to keep the
opposition guessing. In contrast, Sign Language isn't specific to items (there
are exceptions - "volunteer" comes to mind). We don't use items as part of our

Bill Reese

William McGruder wrote:

> Watching the Giants' game the other day, I noticed (not for the first time)
> that the coaches were using a lot of nonverbal signals.
> So here's a question: has anyone considered getting the Baseball teams to
> use SW for their signal books?

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