ESWO - sign-name

Charles Butler chazzer3332000 at YAHOO.COM
Sun Jul 31 14:17:50 UTC 2005

My name sign is from "C + crazy" as I tend to be high-energy frenetic.
Charles (it's in the International Sign Puddle" Butler

Shane Gilchrist Ó hEorpa <shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at> wrote:

I notice that my sign-name is complicated to write - but then again im a
complicated person anyway...i wont be from Belfast if im not complicated ;-)

My sign name is because when I was at college in Belfast (I was 17 then) - I
used to come late into my classes (with interpreters waiting for me) - and
in Belfast, it is considered a sin to keep an interpreter waiting and all
that - but now if there will be a terp, I ll be there on time (at least
attempting to!) - but the sign-name still sticks...and im still late for
other things (just like other Belfast people - for instance last night I
held the BBQ - I told everyone to be here a bit after 5pm - it was just
after 7.30pm when everyone appeared!!! - how Belfast...the only friend who
appeared at 5pm is German, from Germany...!!!)

The deaf community is still fighting over who was the first person that gave
me the sign name - some wanted to think it’s a deaf person who gave me the
sign-name - I said "no, it was Celia Kennedy who gave me this name" - Celia
is a terp who happens to be non-deaf - some deafies once they found out its
"hearing", they tried to change my sign-name.

Politics eh? :D

I think we should learn from Kathleen - her sister got her sign name with a
gorgeous face "painted" on her car boot window - totally beautiful - even my
mates were overly impressed with it! :D - you go, Kathleen!


> -----Original Message-----
> From: owner-sw-l at [mailto:owner-sw-
> l at] On Behalf Of Stefan Wöhrmann
> Sent: 29 July 2005 10:24
> To: sw-l at
> Subject: AW: [sw-l] ESWO
> Hello Valerie and ESWO team members and sw - list members
> OK - Valerie - I exchanged the photo -
> What do you think?
> Woldn't it be great to have such a document for all the participants -
> Hopefulle many of them are right now members of the list -
> If so - please post your sign names ...
> "I like reading your sign-names...What do they all come from?"
> left to right:
> Kathleen - has to do with her hair ;-))))
> Shane - always too late ;-(((
> Sara - always with scarf
> Trevor - sending and receiving lots of email - messages
> Ingvild - as the name says "I" and will = "would like to"
> Valerie - writing on the blackboard....but with a V hand for Val
> Stefan - always asking his deaf adult students - did you understand that?
> more to come -- hopefully
> Stefan ;-))
> -----Ursprüngliche Nachricht-----
> Von: owner-sw-l at
> [mailto:owner-sw-l at] Im Auftrag von Valerie Sutton
> Gesendet: Freitag, 29. Juli 2005 09:23
> An: sw-l at
> Betreff: Re: [sw-l] ESWO
> SignWriting List
> July 29, 2005
> > Stefan Wöhrmann wrote:
> > Attached you find a document with the members of the eswo - team
> > You like it?
> Hello Stefan and ESWO team members!
> Oh yes. I love it too! Really great to see everyone's faces and sign
> names ...well designed!
> Actually my photo is 1985 or so...a 20-year-old picture...but all of
> yours are up-to-date...So I will try to find you a more recent
> photo...What about the one on this web page?...It is around two years
> old...
> I like reading your sign-names...What do they all come from? Mine
> came from my standing in front of a classroom at the blackboard, and
> writing on the blackboard....but with a V hand for Val, rather than
> the standard writing-hand that is normally used for writing on a
> blackboard...Bernard Bragg gave me that sign-name. Bernard is a Deaf
> actor who worked with the National Theater of the Deaf at Gallaudet
> years ago...before Bernard gave me that name (in 1984 I believe), I
> was the I felt rather pleased to jump from dancing
> to writing! smile...
> Val ;-)

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