Verb video brainstorm

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It might help to have definitions here to clarify which meaning is desired ...

Also, for many of these, there is a context and a critical moment. Perhaps we should consider using an arrow or something to denote the desire concept? I.e. for "keep," there is an offered gift and a continued possession; we want to emphasize the latter over the first.

  • haakon's suggestions: ([1])
The table's caption
Verb Jordan's Great Idea Xiaojuan's Brilliant Idea Everybody Else's Mediocre Ideas Perry and Friends'
Know Someone asked a question, then pointing to head A student knowing the answer raising his hand For all verbs: Do we know anyone that does pantomime? Mimes are supposed to be perfect at acting out the meaning of a word succinctly. Person with academic hat (mortarboard) pointing at head with an expression of acknowledgement, maybe even a lightbulb superimposed over his (her) head.
Get (which get is this?) Taking apple from basket Bad guy's order to deputies when hero breaks free and runs for life Basically "take", reaching out and acquiring a target object of some type. Maybe even to "steal" from someone else.
Think Someone touching his chin/crouched against a wall/biting a pen/with fingers on his forehead Hand under chin, rook under attack
Someone tapping his chin or forehead with one finger, with a look of intense concentration
Ow, this is hard, maybe the same as know, another merger?
Go walking away from camera Going out of a room Someone walking away from the camera, going out of a room, waving bye-bye. video of someone leaving, probably waving bye-bye
See covering eyes with hand, then showing recognition Pointing to something with eyes wide opened Pointing to eyes and then to an object someone looking at something, maybe putting on glasses while/before doing so. Binoculars? probably not...
Come person responding to beckoning hand gesture Coming into a room; coming up to a friend waving his hands approaching the camera from far away and then stopping in fron of it opposite of go, someone coming into the room and waving/mouthing? hello (ooo, another question, can non-verbal mouth gestures such as "bye bye" and "hi" be used?) Likely not, since then lip-reading skills might be required. And we eventually want to use these with aphasics
Want person A begging person B for some object Trying to reach something across the table; pointing at a gift behind the shopping window; looking at a display (shopping window) and wanting something out of it (cookies, clothes, new computer, etc.) basic longing, hands on heart, maybe even for a cookie or some object of obvious desire
Say Introducing something; talking baby babble
Someone talking constantly while a speech bubble pops up near her head?
move head while moving hand in puppet mode showing ventriloquist talking.
Put Putting something on the table; putting on a coat lay something down on the table
Look Same as "see" without recognition Looking out of the window; looking throught microscope/magnifying glasses/binoculars
Like Pointing to two similar thinks; someone showing he is fond of something Looking at a piece of cake and rubbing your stomach (that could be want too)
A kid hugging a stuffed toy.
facial mostly
Take a and b are sitting together. Three boxes in front of a, b takes one box Taking pictures; taking off clothes; taking something out of a bag Take an apple from a fruit basket
Take heaps of food from a buffet
clear taking gesture
Make b makes orange juice Making faces; making a snowman/sand castle; making a cake/dish; doing make-up clay or playdough, make a dog, fast motion
Give b hands a wrapped gift Handing someone something; giving a present outward handing something
Thank a helps b up, b hugs a Hugging someone/grasping someone's hands for a gift; making a bow to the audience after the show Giving a thank you card to someone - the camera zooms on the thank you. (words, though?) hindu "bow to your inner spirit" gesture
Need a tries to open door, goes for key, but it's being held by b Reaching out hands two handed desparate outward "gimme" gestures
Remember 3-card monty game: a shows queen, flips card face down, waves another queen, b points to correct card Blank stare in exam hall loses some of its blankness
Looking through a dusty old black-and-white photo album
classic "aha" finger up in air with appropriate face
Find 3-card monty pays off Bending down and picking up a pen under the chair; searching the draw; getting under the table and coming out with something in hand rummaging through a purse or a bag and then finding keys discover something hidden
Buy a gives b money for item, b gives item Buy some product from a snack vendor  two handed, give money and take an object in return
Mind Lucy telling Linus it is bedtime 
Pay a gives b money Paying a meal/coffee with cash/by credit card hand over money
Work clocking in and then starting menial activity Someone busy reading and writing with tons of papers piled up on his desk mime sledge hammering, no object
Let Someone stopped and let another person go first hand palm up arm motion down and out, as you would gesture to say, after you (through a door)
Keep a gives something to b, b offers it to a, a refuses Waving the cab-driver's Washingtons away clutch some object to breast
Hear a speaks, b has hand cupped to ear, nods Someone with headphones listening to music; whispering in the ear; Someone with his ear against the door/wall hand to ear, head turned toward "sound"
Eat Putting a hotdog into the mouth; sitting at the table with knife and fork in hands; holding a salad plate eat
Use a tries to open jar, can't, picks up towel, opens jar Absent-minded dining philosopher admonished with chopsticks applying sunscreen?
Try Jumping over and over again to reach something high; trying to lift a heavy box; trying on some shoes; have a taste of some food trying to open a jar (from Jordan's idea); rock climber gives a long look <<<this one hard>>> (goofy synonym idea, a judges gavel coming down?
Ask a asks b for directions, b points way Student raising his hand and asks a question; asking about a product in a store/the menu in a restaurant some kind of arm gesture(s) with an "asking" face
Leave Waving goodbye and leaving the room; watching a car driving away leave through an exit door
Play Playing chess/swingset/piano/baseball some kind of ball manipulation with happy face
Bet a and b in front of trash can. b gives a money, b throws paper in, a gives double money back Playing poker Roulette wheel laying down poker chips
Start Runners in the starting blocks; starting a timer put car key in slot and turn ignition on starter pistol?
Sit Sitting in a chair/on the ground sit
Feel one hand running over sandpaper, the other over felt Touching the surface of something; quickly dipping a finger into hot water; feeling cold and then holding arms trembling; putting hands on the chest, feeling moved rub hand and squeeze on sleeve texture,
Shut Closing the door/window; shut the mouth/eyes door
Stop b walks from stage left, halts mid stage Making a stop gesture; stop the traffic; showing a stop sign; stop a rolling ball pressing the stop button on a tape recorder/video recorder, etc. hands out directly at camera
Hope Someone praying/making a wish with eyes closed; keeping finger crossed; with arms outstretched boy watches rain, swinging baseball bat prayer-like gestures, as in "hope and pray"
Love A heart-shaped box of candy; man giving woman a flower; couple holding hands/hugging hugging a teddy-bear or some other cute toy; hand(s) on your heart and in-love type of look on your face possibly take enjoy meaning, or an expressive kiss with arms about yourself
Wait (which meaning is desired?) looking at watch twiddling thumbs, or walking, halting, looking at watch, and then continuing walking People waiting in a line; someone walking back and forth waiting for elevator/redlight/bus; looking at watch/playing with fingers from time to time leaning arms folded possibly tap toe to show impatience
Help a walks b by supporting elbow Giving a hand to pull someone up from the ground; Reaching something on top of a shelf for a short person; Helping to unfasten a knot on the back; Helping to lift a heavy box For one actor, maybe someone in a position to need help? Like a drowning person waving for help, or someone fallen on the ground, reaching out a hand to be pulled up? would be better with two actors, but we should keep to one
Bring a points to object, a takes it over Bring some dishes onto the table carrying something, moving
Stay person b sitting, person A gesturing to move, person B points to present location Holding a leaving man's arm to make him stay stay hand downward as if to dog
Pick picking a flower Someone bending down and picking something up; picking a pen/an apple out of several looking at different colour card and picking one (this could be choose too)
Picking fruit in an orchard
point to select, or pick up one of multiple objects possibly point, then pick up
Worry pacing, wringing hands Someone with hands on face/head in hands; standing up and sitting down from time to time; pulling hair hand wringing, other with face
Wonder Someone standing and thinking; holding his glasses and touching his chin looking at an odd object and shrugging two fingers on face with quizzical look
Call Making a phone call; yelling shout through hands, telephone call, gesture for someone to come
Write Writing with a pen pen in hand, writing on paper
Turn walking away from camera, turning right A hand turning dial; Someone turning around/turning his head; spinning something turning either body or an object (maybe in a car)
Read Someone reading a book/newspaper somebody reading, thumbing over pages