Island Boy has picked up on some signs that surprise me completely. In the most recent example, he surprised us all by signing "diamond". That's right, folks! They learn early!!
Just to set the record straight I believe he picked this up from the song, "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star".
This is a very good time to point out that the sign for "diamond" involves using your right hand to form the letter, "D", then tapping your right hand on your left ring finger where a diamond is traditionally worn. I point this out because this is the American Sign Language way to sign "diamond". Other versions of the sign for "diamond" taught to children turn out to be something rather naughty in American Sign Language, so if you're going to teach your child to sign, it's a good idea to teach them ASL-based signs! (Imagine an entire classroom of children singing "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star" and signing - well, I won't tell you what they're signing, but it isn't very nice! - instead of "diamond"!)
He does seem to apply it correctly in appropriate situations.
For example, while in the presence of our friend who has been waiting (and waiting and waiting!!) for an engagement ring he began to sign "diamond". She asked me what he was doing since it was obvious he was trying to communicate something and unbelievably to me she couldn't understand his rendition of the spoken word "diamond". When I told her what he was saying and signing, she said, "That's right! Where's the diamond?" and glared at her would be fiance.
Yes, that's our boy!!
(p.s. In case any would-be fiances are reading this, I've even provided a convenient shopping link (actually, two) for you!)