Apple with I Love You Sign

The ILY is a sign from American Sign Language which, as a gesture, has moved into the mainstream. Seen primarily in the United States and other Americanized countries, the sign originated among deaf school children using American Sign Language to create a sign from a combination of the signs for the letters I, L and Y (I Love You).

Deaf Heritage dates the origin of the ILY to 1905. The sign received significant media exposure with Richard Dawson's use of the ILY in his sign off from each episode of the Family Feud, which he hosted from 1976 to 1985. Presidential candidate Jimmy Carter reportedly picked it up from a group of deaf supporters in the Midwest and, in 1977, during his Inauguration Day parade, flashed the ILY to a group of deaf people on the sidewalk.

A teacher (also called a school teacher) or educator is a person who provides education for students.

The apple is the traditional symbol of the teaching profession. In the past, the community would take it upon themselves to house and feed teachers in exchange for teaching their children. Apples were a tasty treat that soon became the ultimate symbol of this relationship.

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