How to Sign "This meeting could have been an email." in Sign Language

Okay, we’re putting this up for giggles. We know you wouldn’t really say this to someone… right? If you’re reading this, we thought you might have a chuckle or two on learning how to sign what you secretly really want to tell someone.

Signing "This meeting could have been an email."

  1. Signing “This”: Using your dominant hand's index finger, point directly forward
  2. Signing “Meeting”: Place your hands in front of you, palms facing each other, with thumbs and index fingers touching. Bring rest of the fingers together twice.
  3. Signing “Can”: Form both hands into a fist and place them in front of your torso. In one swift movement, bring both hands downward
  4. Signing “Email”: Form your non-dominant hand into a “C” handshape and bring it about chest height. Form your dominant hand into a “closed 5” handshape, palm facing the ground. Bring it to swing through your non-dominant hand’s “C.”


Ava does not endorse actually using this phrase in professional contexts. This was purely for office humor. We do not take responsibility for this phrase being signed disrespectfully or unprofessionally.

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