Apparently, there’s been a vocabulary change in American sign language (ASL) because of the Wonder Woman movie. The 6-panel gif below shows an exchange between an ASL-using audience member and Wonder Woman director Patty Jenkins.
[audience member in ASL] “In the 1970s, when you have Lynda Carter, I was a little girl and I would copy it and I would sign like this.” [shows the old Wonder Woman sign that involves multiple segments]
[in ASL] “However today, because of this film, we have changed it for this.” [crosses her arms like Wonder Woman in the movie]
[Patty Jenkins, delighted] “Wow!”
[in ASL] “So these little deaf girls are signing now ‘Wonder Woman’.”
[in ASL] “And when I grew up we were doing the multiple signs, so thank you. Thank you!” [applauds in sign language]
[Patty Jenkins] “Wow! That’s so cool! That’s so cool! That’s awesome! Thank you! That is amazing!”
Wonder Woman interview with Patty Jenkins, Connie Nielsen and Lucy Davis at the Apple SoHo, August 23, 2017.
Yay & wow! To have changed language with your work really is awesome. 🙂