This tweet (retweeted over 2300 times) makes a claim about how to say "Steph Curry" in American sign language:

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Is that claim true?

  • I don't think this is notable. It is pretty clearly a joke given the context, and is not likely to be sincerely believed by many people. Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 20:08
  • @nomenagentis: ASL is much less homogenized/standardized than English. There are large variations between signs for many common English words, and name signs tend to be pretty local. I know Obama has a name sign, but I haven't seen anyone use it. Finger-spelling is the typical way to sign a name; letter by letter. So, even if that is Steph Curry's name sign, very few people would use it. More likely than not to be a joke, as Sean Duggan answered. Commented Jun 5, 2015 at 19:27

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That sign can mean "very tall" in ASL if made above head height. Otherwise, names in ASL are either spelled out via fingersigning (if unknown) or represented with an identifying shorthand sign (if known).

So, in short, this is almost certainly a joke, possibly about his shooting technique, especially since Sports Nation made the same joke in March.

  • Handshape doesn't look right for the tall sign to me. Judging by the twitter reponses, foes seem more likely a reference to the peculiarity of how the player shoots.
    – femtoRgon
    Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 19:26
  • @femtoRgon: You're right. I've added as much to my answer. Commented Jun 4, 2015 at 19:40

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