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So if I should write it like this:

it would be wrong one way and right another?  Looks like I would be 
saying "peuw" rather than "clown" anyways.  lol

Bill



On 9/12/2011 4:45 PM, Valerie Sutton wrote:
> SignWriting List
> September 12, 2011
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> Hi Charles -
> Thanks for this message!
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> The word intuitive is used in different ways - no one says the thumbs 
> match - of course they don't!
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> But it is intuitive for us in other ways - we like placing the right 
> hand on the right side of the body, because for us, it goes back to 
> the old stick figure - before we used to write the arm lines attached 
> to these hand symbols and they still do in Denmark and sometimes in 
> schools, and since the right arm is on the right side of the body, it 
> feels best to me anyway, to have the right hand on the right side of 
> the body...but of course the details of the thumbs are not perfect - 
> you are absolutely right - in the long run though, people do read 
> stick figures and when you take the stick figure away and leave just 
> the hands, you have the hands on the right side of the face - so we 
> were never saying that the photo and the symbol match one hundred 
> percent - they never have since the beginning of the system - but when 
> we write, there is an intuitive feeling to the writing system anyway - 
> at least that is what others tell me - I respect your concern and 
> please go right ahead and write as you wish - we are just documenting 
> what the symbols represent to us -
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