To sign "nation" make a clockwise circle with the
dominant modified-"N"-hand and set it down on top of the
back of the left fist. Some people use a "flat hand" for the
non-dominant hand -- that's okay too.
Hmmm...I just noticed I've got a loose thumb here. Dunno why I did
it that way. Trying to look official for the camera I guess.
Typically, yes the index and middle fingers are a bit more straight
than a regular "N" but the thumb is indeed usually tucked under.
A student writes:
QUESTION: What is the difference between "national"
ANSWER: Good question. NATIONAL and NORMAL are indeed
very similar. I tend to do the sign for NORMAL using a bit
more of a "slap" type movement. I do the sign for NATIONAL with a
bit more of a "plant the flag" type of movement. But many of my
friends do those two signs the exact same. One thing I've noticed is
that the sign for NORMAL sometimes adds a bit of a head-nod which
creates a connotation of "That is normal." Also, I tend to use a
palm-down "fist" as my non-dominant hand but some people use a
palm-down flat hand as their non-dominant hand (both versions are
ok). - Dr. Bill
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