VIDEO: How Sign-Language Interpreters Explain Washingtonese

From “kick the can down the road” to “not his first rodeo” to “fiscal cliff,” Washington, D.C., has a language all its own. Sign-language interpreter Travis Painter shows WSJ’s Elizabeth Williamson how he communicates some of the city’s more unusual phrases.


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