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American Sign Language: "fine"

To do the sign for "fine," touch your thumb to your chest. Use a "five" handshape.


This version of the sign "FINE" sign should not be used for such things as "fee or cost." 
It also wouldn't mean "thin" or "very small."


In another version of the sign for "fine," the hand moves outward from the chest a few inches. 

FINE (version)

Here is yet another way to sign "fine."  You start an inch or two from the chest and then touch your chest once or twice with your thumb. It is very common to use a small double movement on this version.


If someone asks you "HOW YOU?" and you are feeling self-confident and life is going well-- feel free to do a larger motion:


The sign "fine" is related to the concept of "cool" as in, "Hey man, that's cool!" The sign "cool" can also mean things like, "SWELL."

COOL / swell / nifty:


To see "cool" as in temperature, check out the "cool" page.

Fine is also related to the sign "polite."  To sign "polite," you brush the tip of the thumb of your right five-hand twice on your chest using an upward motion.  The hand moves in a very small circle, up, out, down, back.  It is on the upward stroke that the thumb-tip touches the chest.  You might see other versions of the sign for "polite," but this is how I do it:



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