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American Sign Language: "sympathy"

The sign for "sympathy" can be used to mean such things as: sympathize-with, grace, compassion, pity, and (the rather sarcastic) phrase "poor-baby."

In the sign for "sympathy" the handshape is a "5-hand" with the middle finger bent slightly at the large knuckle (but with the middle knuckle and distal knuckle straight.  In other words, the second and third joints of the middle finger are straight.)  The movement is circular: forward, down, back, up, repeat.


This sign SYMPATHY is also commonly done with just one hand.


If you bend the middle finger way forward and do an exaggerated movement with a sarcastic facial expression this sign can be mockingly used to mean "poor baby."


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