The sign for "bruise" has a couple of variations. There
is a long form and a short form as well as just fingerspelling it.
If you are giving a generic lecture (to bilingual people who already
know what the English word "bruise" means) and you don't know
anything about the specific type and nature of the bruise you are
better off just spelling B-R-U-I-S-E.
The long version of "bruise" is to describe a "black and blue spot"
and indicate "where" that spot is. The default location is on
the upper portion of your non-dominant arm.
Sign, "BLACK" + "BLUE" + "spot on arm."
(Use a "painful" facial expression.)
BRUISE (long form)
Note: Since this is a compound sign you are going to end up
eliminating one of the movements of the sign "blue." (It is common
to abbreviate individual signs when they become part of a compound.)
The short form of the sign for "bruise" can be used (and understood)
in context. For example, if you are telling a story about being hit
by a baseball hitting your arm and then you show a spot on your arm
the listener is going to assume that you are indicating that you got
Use a painful expression as you show the location of the bruise.
BRUISE (short form)
You can adjust your hand shape and position to show the exact size
and location of the bruise. If it is a very large bruise you can use
two hands to show it (generally using the thumb and index fingers of
each hand to frame the size and location of the larger bruise).
Also see: Classifier "C"
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