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5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact


American Sign LanguageEdit

Alternative formsEdit


  • Traditional etymology holds that this sign imitates a gentleman's ruffled shirt.


  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. Posture the dominant hand in the “5” handshape on the sternum, extended finger(s) of the dominant hand pointing up.
    2. Touch the thumb one or more times to the sternum.
  • The number of iterations, speed, angle of the hand, and distance moved from the sternum are variable and may be used for emphasis or to add certain frames, styles, or semantic overtones.
  • Stokoe: []5<X‧


  (ASL gloss: FINE)

  1. courteous; elegant; fancy; polite; refined; suave; urbane
  2. fine; satisfactory; wonderful
    BentB@BackFinger-PalmBack-BentB@CenterChesthigh-PalmBack C@Ulnar-PalmUp-C@CenterChesthigh-PalmUp 1@CenterChesthigh-TipFingerForward?
    HOW YOU? (“How are you?”)
    1@Sternum-FingerBack 5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact
    ME FINE (“I’m fine.”)

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