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TAMPON: The American Sign Language (ASL) sign for "tampon"

Question: A student asks:
Is there a difference between "appear" and "tampon", or is it just context?

Think of the signs APPEAR-(show-up) and TAMPON as being on the same spectrum with a lot of overlap. By that I mean yes, they can look the same and be distinguishable only by context -- however you can sign TAMPON using a micro-pause at the point of "insertion" resulting in a very minor difference.

So sometimes the signs look the same.
Sometimes the signs exhibit a very minor but observable difference.

Plus be aware that many skilled signers prefer to just spell "tampon."










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