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American Sign Language: "train-gone"



What does “train-gone” mean?  You might see this sign if you show up in the middle of a conversation or near the end of a conversation and ask what is being talked about. Someone in the group may use this sign to tell you that "you missed it" and they aren't going to re-tell the story just so you can know what they are talking about (or perhaps they were talking about you and don't want you to know what they were saying).  Often you will see the "TRAIN-GONE" sign followed by the sign "SORRY." 

The sign for "train-gone" is based on the sign for TRAIN-(vehicle).  The sign starts by placing the dominant hand in an "L"-handshape onto a palm-down non-dominant "U"-handshape.   The non-dominant hand represents the train tracks. The dominant "L"-hand represents the train "in the station." Then you move the "L"-hand forward, out, and away from the "train station" and change the handshape from an "L" into a closed-"G"-hand.  The change in handshape represents the train getting smaller and smaller as it "goes further away" until it is gone.

TRAIN - GONE:



Notes:
There are several ways to do this sign.
Some people do the full sign for TRAIN and then add the TRAIN-GONE sign.
This sign is an "ASL idiom."
 


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