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American Sign Language: "only"

Version 1:
Hold up an index finger in the neutral fingerspelling position. The finger is pointing up, the palm-side of the hand is facing forward. Make a twisting rotational movement and end up with the palm-side of the hand facing backward towards yourself.  The movement is somewhat similar to running your fingertip along the inside of an upside-down bowl of leftover frosting so as to get some left-over frosting onto your fingertip (so you can stick it in your mouth -- of course).

This version is commonly used to mean "just" as in "there is just one left."



Version 2:

To sign this version of "only" hold an index-hand palm up (the index finger is pointing up, the flat of the fingernail is toward the viewer).  Move the hand in a small horizontal circle as if drawing a circle the size of a quarter on the underside of a table.  This sign also means "someone / something / single."




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