The sign for "cancel" has many meanings, including: "cancel," "correct," "grade," and "criticize." It
means "correct" as in to "Correct someone's paper by putting X's next to the
wrong answers." (It doesn't mean "correct" as in "right." For
the appropriate version of the sign "RIGHT."
To sign "cancel," use the tip of your index finger to draw an "X" on the palm of your
I start at the top right of my palm and move toward the bottom left. Then
I "draw" a line from the top left of my palm toward the bottom right of the
CANCEL / CORRECT-(grade_papers) / CRITICIZE:
If you modify the sign "cancel" by doing it with a "D"-hand (making
contact to the palm with the tips of the thumb, middle, ring, and
pinkie fingers of the "D"-hand) this sign can mean "discriminate."
PAY-OFF / paid off / to get out of debt
If you modify the dominant hand to use the middle finger (bent
forward at the large knuckle) instead of the index finger this sign
can be used to mean "paid off" or "pay off." The "paid off" sign
tends to do the first movement with the middle finger and the second
movement with a flat hand (sort of like combining the signs
"cancel," "empty," and "clean").
The sign "CANCEL / criticize / to correct" can also be used in
context to mean:
- indicate errors in, show mistakes in, point out faults in
- tell (someone) that they are mistaken
Depending on context and facial expressions the connotation (the
affect or "feeling") of the sign "CANCEL / criticize / to correct"
can range from "critical" to "emotionally neutral." (The sign
"CANCEL / criticize / to correct" doesn't have to be negative.)
There are better signs (than "CANCEL / criticize / to correct" )
that can be used to mean:
"I corrected (fixed) my mistakes."
Some better choices or possibilities depending on the situation:
ADJUST ( https://youtu.be/57ngmG53xB4 )
FIX (to fix something I built or created)
STOP (as in stopped doing the "bad" thing)
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