How do you sign "rock & roll"?

Reba

Retired Terp
Premium Member
Now it's my turn to ask for sign help. :)

What sign do you use for "rock & roll" music?

I can't get a consistent answer from my local Deaf community. Many people just spell "rock" and then sign MUSIC.

But I really need a sign. There is one person that I interpret for who doesn't read or write, and so I'm trying to stay away from spelling out words, for now.

I've seen some people use the "devil's horns" :rockon: sign upward for rockers, and downward for hip hop. Is that right?

Please excuse an old granny who doesn't keep up with the current music scene. :dj: I don't listen to that music myself but I want to keep up with current signs relating to pop culture. :P

:ty:
 

Ariakkas

New Member
i see most people do the sign for "rock" or "stone" knuckles of one hand striking the knuckles of the other hand.
 

Reba

Retired Terp
Premium Member
i see most people do the sign for "rock" or "stone" knuckles of one hand striking the knuckles of the other hand.
Yeah, I've seen that also but it seemed very English and non-conceptual to me. For someone with no English background it doesn't make sense. The "rock" in "rock & roll" doesn't have anything to do with "rocks" or "stones" or "hardness".

I understand that sometimes new signs show up in the Deaf community that aren't conceptual, for whatever reason.

But thanks for the input. :) I guess there is no one "right" sign for the phrase. :dunno:
 

Reba

Retired Terp
Premium Member
I use.... :rockon: ASL
play gultairs ASL that's all
Yes, I was thinking about that one. I was a little concerned that just doing an air guitar might wrongly imply all guitar music was rock music. But Hubby suggested to me that for folk and classic guitar I should "hold" the air guitar neck upright. For rock air guitar, I should hold the neck down, straight across at the waist. :P
 

AussieGal

New Member
To be honest this icon :rockon: is heavy metal devil sign !
As for "rock n roll" its like the twisting dance which i find it useful for that sign so they know its the 1950's era !
 

Reba

Retired Terp
Premium Member
I think most people now think of "rock and roll" as hard rock, not sweet "twister" rock of the 50's and 60's. :P

And I thought that I was old! Heh, heh!

I like the :rockon: sign better than gyrating a twist with my body. Have mercy on my audience. ;)
 

Etoile

New Member
Wow, this thread is on Metafilter! Anyway, I once had to interpret a song that included "let me hear some of that rock and roll music" AND "I like that old time rock and roll" - and I have to admit that I spelled out #ROCK and #ROLL - swinging in a circle, like #STYLE is sometimes done, and to the beat of the music.
 

jasin

New Member
If you do r and r you are signing bathroom or something similar to bathroom, depending on how you sign it.

Just sign Music and loud.
 
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