That's saying a mouthful
This Guy Over Here
During the 2011 floods in Brisbane the state premier was giving a press conference and about to introduce some emergency services head honcho standing between her and the sign language person.
The sign language interpreter is signing away for what the premier was saying, and when she got to introducing emergency-services-guy instead of spelling his name like I’ve seen them do, to save time she just points with her thumb at him like “blah blah blah this guy blah blah.” I thought it was as funny as it was smart. (koalas_arent_bears)
I took a SEE class in high school which is different than ASL (in SEE you sign every word you would say in an English sentence vs ASL being about getting the context and meaning of a sentence for those interested) but my teacher was hearing [and] knew both fluently.
The teacher was with a friend at a bar, and they were pretty tanked. The friend wanted to try to pick up the bartender. The teacher and friend both signed and started talking across the bar to each other. I guess they got a little graphic about the hot bartender.
As the friend went up to get a drink, the bartender signed “What can I get you? My brother is deaf by the way.” They left red faced. That was her “You never know who can understand you” lesson of class about not being rude in public with your signing. (Sylvi2021)
Running With the Devil
I grew up in a very religious, home schooled community. And once a rather charismatic church with a large number of deaf members decided to host a week long ASL camp. I went and on the first day, we had an ice breaker game where we would all sign something about ourselves.
At the time, I worked with and owned a horse. So I fingerspelled my name then signed that I loved horses. Suddenly, there’s a quiet gasp and my deaf teacher freaks, out and someone hearing asked me what I meant to say because apparently I confused the sign for “horse” with the sign for “devil.” (mustardcorndog69)