LEAF. Make the sign for TREE; then hold right hand out in front of shoulder, index and thumb curved, one inch between tips, other fingers closed, back of hand nearly to right, lower edge pointing to front and upwards; give a wavy motion to hand to represent leaf on limb of tree.
LEGGINGS. Pass hands upwards over that portion of legs covered by leggings, thumb and index spread, backs of hands outwards.
LEND, See BORROW.
LIAR. Make sign for the person and for LIE.
LIBERATE. Make signs for HOLD and GO.
LIE (meaning: two tongues or forked tongue). Bring right 2 hand to right of mouth, fingers pointing to left; move the hand to left past mouth, LIGHT (not heavy). Hold extended flat hands, back down, at same height in front of body, few inches apart, fingers pointing to front; raise hands briskly by wrist action.
LIGHT (not dark). Make the sign for DAY.
LIGHTNING (meaning: zigzag flash). Point right index upward; then move hand to right, rear and downwards in jerky motion, to imitate lightning flash.
LIKE. Make sign for EQUAL.
LISTEN. Hold right 4 hand, cupped near right ear; turn hand slightly back and forth by wrist action.
LITTLE. Hold right hand at height of shoulder, back to right, end of thumb pressing against inner surface of index, so that only the end of index is seen beyond the thumb nail.
LITTLE TALK. See TALK.
LIVE. See ALIVE; also RECOVER.
LIVER. Place extended hands over location of liver, then give them a tremulous motion.
LODGE. See TEEPEE.
LONG TIME. Make the sign for TIME, then for PAST TIME continue drawing right hand towards the right while pushing left index slightly forward. For FUTURE TIME, hold left index in position and pass right index past and beyond the left.
LOOK. Make the sign for SEE.
LOST. Make sign for HIDE.
LOVE. Make the sign for FOND, with more intense pressure.
LOW. Hold right flat hand, back up, towards the ground at height desired.
LUNG. Hold right hand, fingers nearly extended and separated, over breast.
MAD. Make sign for ANGRY.
MAKE. Use sign for WORK.
MALE. Elevate the right index, back out, in front of face. Same as MAN.
MAN. Elevate the right index, back out, in front of face. Same as MALE.
MANY. Hold hands well in front, to right and left of body, fingers curved and pointing to front; move hands towards each other on vertical curve downwards; move them slightly upwards as though grasping hands, and finish full movement with hands opposite and few inches apart.
MANY TIMES (also, EVERY LITTLE WHILE). Hold left forearm horizontally in front of left breast, pointing front and right; touch forearm of left several times with side of tip of extended index of right hand, other fingers and thumb closed, back of hand nearly to front; commencing near left wrist and moving hand towards elbow. This is also used to mean. OFTEN, ALL THE TIME, and WHILE.
MARRY (meaning: trade or purchase). Make sign for TRADE; then join index fingers, side by side, pointing to front.
MARVELOUS. See MEDICINE.
MATCH (lucifer). With right hand hold match between thumb and index; then rub quickly against left forearm, as though scratching a match.
MATE or CHUM. Make the signs for FRIEND and EQUAL.
MAY-BE-SO. Same as PERHAPS.
ME. Point right thumb at breast.
MEAN (meaning: compressed heart). Make the signs for HEART and SMALL.
MEAT. Hold flat left hand, back up, in front of left breast; then with the flat right hand, palm up, slice imaginary pieces off the left palm.
MEDAL. Make an incomplete circle with thumb and index of right hand, spaced one inch between tips, other fingers closed, and place little finger on center of breast.
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