My new SignWriting Hoodie from Cafe Press

Erika Hoffmann erhoffma at OBERLIN.EDU
Sun Feb 20 19:09:13 UTC 2011

That's so cool!

On Sun, Feb 20, 2011 at 2:03 PM, Adam Frost <icemandeaf at> wrote:

> I bought a hoodie from Cafe Press a while back for two reasons. Washington
> DC has winters that Los Angeles, California does not. ;-P And I thought that
> having SignWriting visible on me would be a good reason to get conversations
> started while I am at Gallaudet. It is really interesting that people would
> try to read what it said. I mean, I had people stare at my hoodie from
> across the room trying to figure it out. Then they would come up to me and
> ask me if it means this or that, or even just flat out ask me what it means.
> When I would tell them and show them how to read it, they would say they
> could see it. Then they would ask me what it is. I'd tell them it is
> SignWriting and then they would see the web link on the bottom and say, "oh,
> I see. I will check out the link." I have not once gotten a negative
> response of any sort. But I think that most people here really don't know
> much about SignWriting that they wouldn't have anything negative to say
> about it.
> It was also interesting how SignWriting came up in one of my classes. The
> teacher was talking about various systems that have been and/or are used to
> record ASL. He was reading an old article written in SignWriting to the
> class (probably from the old SW newspaper). There was one sign that he read
> completely wrong, and I corrected him and proceeded to explain to him why it
> was what I said with a short reading lessen. ;-) He asked me how I knew. I
> thought it was funny that I was wearing my hoodie at the time and I told him
> that I work with Val. Bob Johnson says Hi, Val. ;-)
> I really am glad that I have gotten the hoodie from Cafe Press. I think I
> will get some other things for conversational starters. I am also going to
> see about getting other sentences so that way people will not see the same
> thing. ;-) I think that everyone could find something that would make good
> conversational starters about SignWriting. It also will make it so people
> see that SW isn't "dead" as some people have told me they thought. :-)
> Adam

Erika Hoffmann-Dilloway
Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Oberlin College
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