SOON (variation 1)
This version also means:
SHORT-duration / SHORT-distance or length
Place the index and middle finger of the "H" hand (your
dominant hand) on top of
the index and middle fingers of the non-dominant "H" hand. Slide the
hand forward along the index finger of the bottom hand toward the tip of the index
finger, then slide the top hand back toward the large knuckle of the bottom
hand's index finger.
Repeat the movement twice. The non-dominant hand doesn't move.
Note: This sign can be modified to mean "BRIEF." To do so, use a single, large, quick forward movement of the
dominant hand. In the sign "BRIEF" the dominant hand starts above and behind
the base hand, strikes a downward/forward blow, comes off of the base hand and
Use an "F" hand and a double movement. Tap your chin twice.
Note: If you use a single, strong, motion and puff out the cheeks a bit this sign can
Note: Some people tap the nose twice (instead of the chin).
Note: Some people use somewhat of a downward glancing movement when doing this
This is a lesser used version of "soon."
It is a "different" (weird?) way of signing "soon." It is
a sort of "lexicalized sign" in that it uses a modified "S,"
that transitions into a modified "o" and ends as an "n" handshape. I've
also seen it done with a
SOON (variation) (not recommended)
In a message dated 3/23/2007 5:32:44 P.M. Pacific Daylight Time,
You asked for regional variations of signs. I don't know if the
following is regional (Bay Area) or new.
A Deaf man recently showed me a different sign for "Soon."
He said the first version shown on the website is now an "old"
He uses the second version, "F" handshape touching chin twice.
He also uses a variation with the same handshape touching the nose
instead of the chin.
That "nose" variation seems to be quite popular in the Northern California
I don't think the "SOON/SHORT" version (that uses "H" hands) is "old"
nationwide. I think that it is just not the main version used in
certain areas. The "SOON/SHORT" version however is important to know
because it has so many other important variations such as "brief" (that uses
a very quick, single movement). Whereas the "SOON"-(on the nose) version is
pretty much limited to "will happen in the near future."
Thanks for the feedback.
- Dr. Bill
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