How does it work when a new word is created and you need to create/translate the same word in sign language? Like a new scientific term…

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How does it work when a new word is created and you need to create/translate the same word in sign language? Like a new scientific term…

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I’m not fluent in sign language, but a friend is a translator. If I understand him correctly, the first time the word is used in a conversation it’s finger spelled. If it needs to be shortened, the people having the conversation will agree on a sign for it.

If that new word and sign are used enough it slowly becomes more well known. ASL has a lot of regional differences. But it pretty much works the way jargon works anywhere.

Here’s a [video](https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=POZSFpfemlk) instructing interpreters on new signs. You can see where they got the sign for coronavirus.