How to sign curse in American Sign Language

Sign #1 (1 of 2)

Definition:

Use of profanity

Sign Instructions:

Place your non-dominant hand in front of you in a "1" handshape and your dominant hand in a "Y" handshape and oriented toward your index finger. Slide your dominant hand forward along your index finger a couple of times.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for curse
Extend the thumb and pinky finger straight out, folding the other fingers into the palm.

Non-Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Non-Dominant Handshape for curse
Extend your index finger straight up, resembling the number one. Fold the other fingers into your palm.

Sign #2 (2 of 2)

Definition:

Bad omen

Sign Instructions:

Begin with your hand in front of your mouth with your palm oriented toward yourself. Then, move your hand away, changing your handshape to a "S" handshape as you move.

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Dominant Handshapes for this sign

Dominant Handshape for curse
Extend all fingers to show the number five, spreading them out.
Dominant Handshape for curse
Make a fist with all fingers curled over the thumb, which is tucked in front of the fingers.

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