…disorder with onset in childhood, characterized by multiple physical (motor) tics and at least one vocal (phonic) tic…Tourette’s was once considered a rare and bizarre syndrome, most often associated with the exclamation of obscene words or socially inappropriate and derogatory remarks (coprolalia), but this symptom is present in only a small minority of people with Tourette’s.
So yesterday I’m signing with a Deaf friend and he was showing me some new vocabulary. As I’m trying to observe, absorb, learn, and repeat back to him, I accidentally signed to him a common sign I’d venture to say all Hearing people know as well.
I flipped him the bird.
As soon as I realized it, I apologized and we both laughed. He knows I’m learning and it was a total mistake. And this isn’t the first time I’ve done this. Signing with another Deaf friend I was trying to make one particular sign but instead signed something quite vulgar.
Both have been very innocent and my friends are quite forgiving and think it’s hilarious. If there is such a thing, I think I’m developing ASL Tourette’s Syndrome.