How American Sign Language Speakers Sign the Latest Internet and Pop Culture Slang


In this fascinating article, Hopes&Fears takes a look at how speakers of American Sign Language sign various Internet and pop culture slang terms including “selfie,” “five-second rule,” and “photobomb.” According to the article, there is no consensus on these new terms, so the signs vary depending on the speaker. To illustrate this, Hopes&Fears recruited a young ASL speaker, 12-year-old Brooklyn resident Tully Stelzer, and an adult speaker, ASL artist Douglas Ridloff, to demonstrate various slang terms on camera.

“Five-second rule”

“Food coma”



E.D.W. Lynch
E.D.W. Lynch

Writer and humor generalist on the Internet and on Facebook.