Sign language. I’ve always wanted to learn it. I say that, but haven’t succeeded in doing so, so I guess I can’t want it that much… But I have a vague half-formed desire to learn sign language. On reflection this is perhaps from seeing Hugh Grant in Four Weddings and a Funeral. He does it well.
What does this teach us? It teaches us to plan our post out before starting so we don’t go off on a tangent.
Sign language. I’ve always wanted to learn it. I have a book on BSL. This stands for British Sign Language. Unsurprisingly (with 20-20 hindsight) the book is nigh on useless without the accompanying DVD. But still, it is manifestly obvious from the pictures of the lady with 70s glasses that BSL is a double handed language. Hugh (see above) confirms this, as does his deaf brother (in the film). It’s lucky that they both know BSL, what with the brother being deaf and everything.
Anyway, I was recently informed that ASL (BSL’s weak runt of a brother) is a one-handed sign language. ASL, as you may know, is American Sign Language. For any Americans reading, this means you can make words with your hands.
This reminded me of that well known fact. Although British people always use a napkin* and use three or four separate sets of cutlery per meal irrespective of how many courses are involved, our transatlantic cousins eat in a very different way. They prefer to cut everything up into small pieces and then transfer their fork into their right hand to do the actual
If any of you have children in the room, please cover their eyes… Yes I did say the fork is held in the right hand.
Anyway, the point of all of this was that I became concerned that in America one hand might atrophy and degenerate into some kind of vestigial limb. Without use it would wither and die.
Which is a problem really. I mean it is hard to be the World’s Policeman when you have a gimpy arm. It doesn’t engender the correct level of respect.
* not a serviette!