Internet Slang as Sign Language

Each year, dozens of new words ease themselves into our vocabulary, but when it comes to sign language, the progression isn’t so natural. With words and phrases like “duck face,” “photobomb,” and “Emoji” being added to our daily jargon, the American Sign Language community must work together to find universal gestures that exemplify each new term. As Hopes&Fears finds out, the process can be rigorous (and it needs to be) to pare down each sign to its most intuitive, elegant form.