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Valerie Sutton |
Date: Fri Feb 18, 2000 2:50 pm
Subject: Claw Hand or the Cupped Hand?
February 18, 2000
I received this question yesterday. Look at the attached .GIF for the
question and my answer.
But this question brings up an important point...
Number 2 shows the Claw Hand with Spread Fingers. That is a handshape
that only bends at the middle joint of the fingers. It is used with a
lot of animal signs, because it looks like a claw....
Number 3 shows the Cupped Hand with Spread Fingers. That handshape
shows a bend at the knuckle joint too...it is truly curved
"forward"....it is no longer a claw...it is a true "cup".
If I were writing the sign for RAIN, I would use Number 2...the Claw
Hand. Somehow the Cup seems more like holding a small ball or
whatever and doesn't give the feeling of RAIN like number 2 does.
Also, notice how hard it is to write the Cupped Hand projecting
straight forward. You wrote it correctly, but it does look
weird...why not place the hands at a slight diagonal, as in my Number
So I would choose Number 2 below, if I were writing the sign: