The sign for "morning" uses a palm-up flat hand (or
slightly bent hand) on the
dominant hand to represent the sun rising up from beneath the horizon.
The non-dominant arm plays the role of the horizon. The wrist of the
dominant hand contacts the the non-dominant hand's fingers. Sometimes you'll
see a little repeated movement of the dominant hand, but often (such as in
the case of saying "good morning") you only use a single movement.
Sample sentence: "What did you eat this morning?" = NOW MORNING EAT WHAT?
You can modify the sign "morning" to mean "all morning" by using a larger
Normally the contact for the sign MORNING is done at the wrist, but notice
how for the sign "ALL-MORNING" the dominant hand is hyper extended at the
beginning of the sign and the non-dominant hand is actually touching near
the elbow. This allows for a lot of "movement" to help convey the idea
that a lot of time is passing.
You can vary use an unpleasant facial expression to help show "very early"
in the morning. Do a short, quick movement and don't bring the dominant hand
up much past the "horizon." This conveys the concept of the sun not
having come up yet.
You can modify the sign for "morning" to mean "every morning" by using a
horizontal sweep movement:
Sample sentence: Every morning do you rush to shower, get dressed, eat, and
take off for school?
The left palm should
not grab onto the bicep.
Instead, the left palm should usually be near the right wrist. The
movement shouldn't be very large either. (Unless you are doing the "ALL MORNING"
version). The sign for "morning" is generally a just small movement.
MORNING (version) (NOT recommended).
(Unless you are just naturally a duffus. If so, by all means feel free.
In that case this version works scintillatingly well when wishing rival gang
members a jolly "good morning.")
My wife just came by as I was typing the above and she said she sees nothing
wrong with having the non-dominant hand near the elbow when doing a "very
enthusiastic" GOOD MORNING! (Note the exclamation point.) Okay,
okay, fine. I'll grant that if you around one of those annoyingly cheerful
"morning people" (you know the type) you just
see the non-dominant hand near the bicep.
Oh, and for what it is worth, I don't recommend calling your wife a duffus.
Even though the sign "morning" normally uses two hands, quite often we will
just use one hand in expressing such a common everyday phrase as "Good
morning." The one-handed version is rather useful for when you are
holding a cup of hot chocolate while signing GOOD-MORNING.
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