3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@SideChesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown

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American Sign Language[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

Etymology[edit]

ETY: Both hands indicated as the feet. The motion of going 'Upanddown-Downandup' in a repetitive manner is considered as an _awkward_ walking motion. Its feet presumably have three digits of toes, thus make it imbalance through walking. Hence the concept of the word, "Awkward" is introduced.

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Particularly: “Following is just my uneducated guess.”

Possibly related to 3@InsideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@InsideChesthigh-PalmDown CirclesMidline-CirclesMidline (hike).

Production[edit]

  • This two-handed ASL sign is produced with a facial expression suggesting awkwardness:
    1. ASL 3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@Side-Chesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown 1.jpg
      Posture the nondominant hand in the “3” shape about half an arm's length in front of and beside the chest, nondominant palm facing down. Posture the dominant hand in the “3” shape in front of and beside the trunk, dominant palm facing down.
    2. Move both hands alternatingly and repeatedly up and down.
    3. ASL 3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@Side-Chesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown 2.jpg
      Posture the nondominant hand in the “3” shape in front of and beside the trunk, nondominant palm facing down. Posture the dominant hand in the “3” shape about half an arm's length in front of and beside the chest, dominant palm facing down.
  • (clumsy): A different facial expression expresses the meaning "clumsy", typically with the mouthing "TH".


GUH Hand LUH Hand LUH Move GUH Move GUH Hand LUH Hand
GUH Palm LUH Palm Second Second GUH Palm LUH Palm
GUH Position LUH Separation Third Third
3 3 Oppose Down-Down
Down Down


Adjective[edit]

ASL 3@SideTrunkhigh-PalmDown-3@Side-Chesthigh-PalmDown Upanddown-Upanddown 1.jpg (ASL gloss: AWKWARD)

  1. awkward
  2. clumsy

Synonyms[edit]