Heel of Hand IS the Flat Hand from another viewpoint

Shane Gilchrist O hEorpa shane.gilchrist.oheorpa at GMAIL.COM
Fri Dec 15 01:14:07 UTC 2006

my point is that we should encourage people to use that symbol a bit more!


i know deafies will remember that symbol a lot more better

hows sunny California - its freezing here in Belfast...

Shane x

On 15/12/06, Valerie Sutton <signwriting at mac.com> wrote:
> Stuart Thiessen wrote:
> > :-) That is interesting. Philip and I were feeling the same way. We
> > like the heel where it makes sense. Sometimes a top-view is helpful
> > too.
> >
> > Personally, like I mention below, I wonder if there is any reason
> > why we couldn't do this and consider it the same handshape but
> > different symbols as related to the orientations.
> >
> > Does this make sense?
> >
> > Stuart
> Ha! Smile!!! Yes, Stuart, this makes sense.
> The Heel of the Hand IS the same symbol as the Flat Hand...it is
> simply the Front View of the Flat Hand that is parallel to the floor.
> It is not a new symbol. It is an OLD symbol that is being re-
> visited...re-born...So this means there are two ways to write the
> Flat Hand parallel to the floor...from the Front View or the Top
> View, and both ways are fine:
> The Flat Hand can be seen from the Front View or the Top View...It is
> not a new symbol or a different symbol...it is just another viewpoint.
> The one thing I am going to do is to make it a little more
> rectangular, like it was in the 1980's, so it cannot be confused with
> a fist...
> I will try to make those changes tomorrow in the IMWA if I can...but
> that is not a change really...it was my fault for shortening them too
> much when I placed them in the computer...I should have looked at our
> old documents...
> So go right ahead and use the Heel of the Hand...it is definitely a
> symbol used by the DAC...I think it is interesting that the Deaf
> people on this List like it...it always felt very real somehow...not
> as hard to write by hand...Val ;-)

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