February 18, 2000
ANSWER 0037 continued...
Number 2 shows the Claw Hand with Spread Fingers.
That is a handshape that only bends at the middle joint
of the fingers. It is used with a lot of animal signs,
because it looks like a claw....
Number 3 shows the Cupped Hand with Spread Fingers. That
handshape shows a bend at the knuckle joint too...it is
truly curved "forward"....it is no longer a
claw...it is a true "cup".
If I were writing the sign for RAIN, I would use Number
2...the Claw Hand. Somehow the Cup seems more like holding
a small ball or whatever and doesn't give the feeling
of RAIN like number 2 does.
Also, notice how hard it is to write the Cupped Hand
projecting straight forward. You wrote it correctly, but
it does look weird...why not place the hands at a slight
diagonal, as in my Number 3?
So I would choose Number 2 above, if I were writing the