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Name signs are given by Deaf people to other Deaf people or as a sort of gift to hearing people that they want to include in their culture. They usually mix the first letter of the persons name with a personality trait or physical feature. I have only seen four name signs that could be considered negative and derisive. These signs meant, in essence: stupid, shy, large ego, and crazy. All of the name holders were proud of these signs except maybe the girl called shy, but if she didn’t like it she was too shy to say anything about it. A Deaf person is rarely ‘stuck’ with a name sign if they hate it they can change it, just as they would if it no longer made sense. I once knew a women who’s name sign was based on her long hair, she changed it when she cut her hair short. Your contact was either ignorant or pulling your leg. My name sign was given to me by a very dear friend and means ‘cool’.

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