Surely you know the songs. Well, if you don’t know Rihanna’s song “Diamonds”, you know “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star”. In her song, Rihanna borrows from the latter’s concept of stars as “diamonds in the sky”.
A few months ago, I met a group of people with whom I inadvertently signed once or twice (semi-consciously interpreting what a person was saying). And so, as happens every now and then, one person in the group told me he knows a bit of sign, and showed me a big of what he learnt for Rihanna’s song. And so, he signed, “Like ‘diamonds’ in the sky.” The only problem was that for ‘diamond’, he signed this:
And that… is actually the sign for ‘vagina’.
When I was learning JSL in school, my teacher actually told us a similar story about a hearing person signing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” and using this sign. The Deaf that he/she was performing for burst out laughing. The rhombus shape is, we can guess, what made them think this sign means ‘diamond’. The correct sign for “diamond”, though, (the precious stone, not the rhombus shape) looks more like:
At the risk of losing some readers, I’m sure vaginas in the sky are probably the most beautiful kind… Don’t you think?
In all seriousness, though, it’s sort of interesting that this sign for ‘vagina’ is so close to the iconic gesture done by Rastas, whose meaning points to the Holy Trinity.
A few of my friends got a few chuckles out of thinking that the Rastas were doing it on purpose…