WITHOUT A WORD VIIII: SHEARS
Monastic sign language has been used in Europe from at least the tenth century by monks of the Benedictine Order because “silence is a virtue.” // // It was a method using a hand lexicon to name certain commonplace things without speaking aloud. It is not a language, per sé, like ASL, though very useful. This article was inspired by Debby Banham’s The Anglo-Saxon Monastic Sign Language.
The sign of shears is to move the forefinger and middle finger of your right hand on some cloth, as if to cut it with shears.