5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact

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American Sign Language[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]


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


right-hand open-B palm-left close to body in center of chest moves in and out repeatedly
  • This one-handed ASL sign is produced as follows:
    1. ASL 5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact.jpg
      Posture the dominant hand in the “5” handshape on the sternum, extended finger(s) of the dominant hand pointing up.
    2. Contact
      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 5@Sternum-FingerUp Contact.jpg (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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