how to spell rise.

Valerie Sutton signwriting at MAC.COM
Thu Aug 14 14:48:35 UTC 2008

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August 14, 2008

On Aug 13, 2008, at 11:31 PM, MARIA AZZOPARDI wrote:
> I also personally prefer using one single arrow. It is quicker and I  
> find
> that the sign can still be read without any difficulty.
> Thanks for your feedback,
> Maria

Hello Maria and Charles -
Thanks for this discussion. Actually, the General Arrowhead is not  
only used when the two hands are touching each other.

The Spelling Rule is related to "Overlapping Paths".

The Right Arrowhead (dark arrowhead) means that the right hand is  
painting a path in space.

The Left Arrowhead (light or unfilled arrowhead) means that the left  
hand is painting a path in space.

Imagine your right hand placed in a can of black paint. Imagine your  
left hand placed in a can of white paint.

Then imagine lifting your hands from the cans of paint, dripping with  
black and white paint, and painting paths in the air as you move your  

When their paths are NOT overlapping...when they never come near each  
other...there is a distinct black and white path in the air.

But imagine if your two hands moved in an overlapping path in the  
air...for example, the two hands do not have to touch each  
other...maybe one is directly on top of the other, but not  
touching...yet the two arms then move up at the same time...the white  
path and the black path would write on top of each other...

The black and white paths would BLEND or OVERLAP. That is the General  
Arrowhead...when two paths write on top of each other and are no  
longer just white or black...they paint GREY instead...

So that is the Spelling Rule. Of course, people can choose not to  
write according to spelling rules, for their own quick writing to save  
time, but for official documents, like the Bible, I would prefer to  
follow the official spelling rules...

In English, we can write YOU like this: U

People do it all the time in emails and texting...but for the Bible, I  
think YOU is still the norm, although it takes longer!

Hope this helps ;-))

Val ;-)


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