Yep-- that’s when I was there, when we kicked out the president. It’s fun being a campus radical.
No, it’s not rude to talk with your hands full. People do it all the time. You need just one hand to sign, because all the signs are done with an active hand and a base hand. The active hand is the signer’s dominant hand. The hand shape in ASL are either marked or unmarked. The unmarked shapes are more “generic,” like an open hand, a fist, an index finger extended. There are seven unmarked handshapes altogether. In any sign, either both hands have the same shape, or your base hand has an unmarked shape. It makes it pretty easy to understand one-handed signing.
When people are driving, they usually sign with one hand, and steer with the other, using the steering wheel or their leg as a base, instead of having a base hand.
You can sign with mittens on.
Facial expression is more important than hands, really. In fact, it’s pretty easy to understand someone wearing mittens, but almost impossible to understand someone wearing sunglasses.
It’s considered rude to sign while wearing sunglasses, but to have your hands full-- no.
In fact, you’ll find that people with Usher’s syndrome who needs to wear tinted lenses, usually choose the orange lenses over the sunglass-type lenses. Hearing people with RP usually wear the dark lenses, though.
It’s also considered very rude to look away from someone who is talking to you.
And it’s considered rude not to ask something directly. Euphemisms and “beating around the bush” are considered secretive and offensive.
And it’s rude not to answer a question when you know the answer.
It’s also very rude to get up in the cafeteria and not ask all the people at your table if they want you to bring them anything.
Here’s my favorite: flickering a lightswitch is a good way to get people’s attention, but it is considered rude to do this to a superior. In other words, a professor could do this to get a student’s attention, but a student would never do this to get a professor’s attention.
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