Great post yesterday on the New York Times' 'The Quad' college football blog. According to The Times, 29 players on the Ducks football team are enrolled in the school’s American Sign Language program. In the class, the players learned a rather amusing nugget of knowledge: The school's world-renown "O" hand gesture is actually the sign-language equivalent to saying 'vag*na.' Horray, higher education!
via The NYT:
“I did the ‘O’ once, and I never did it again,” said LaMichael James, the team’s star running back, who recently injured his right elbow. When discussing this, James spoke quietly so that those nearby would not hear. He would not make the sign. His elbow hurt, he demurred.
Older players recommended the sign language course, players said, because they found it engaging and intuitive — they had grown up using different signing systems on the field. A few players said sign language was a welcome alternative to Spanish, which had been a struggle in high school.
Hat Tip: Lost Letterman