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American Sign Language: "opposite"

The sign for "opposite"  uses "index-finger"-handshapes.


To sign "ACROSS-FROM" start to the side of the initial referent then keep the hand on that side stationary and move the other hand toward the opposite side (using a slight arc).
To sign "DISAGREE," sign "THINK + OPPOSITE."
To sign "ALLERGIC" point to your nose then sign opposite.


In a message dated 9/19/2006 2:05:40 PM Pacific Daylight Time, MAWILSON@ writes:
How do you sign allergy; hay fever, food allergy, skin allergy?
For "allergy" you use the sign "opposite."
"Hay fever" is often just spelled out: H-A-Y F-E-V-E-R. (The second "E" in "fever" will certainly mutate into a two fingered version).  Or spell out H-A-Y and then sign OPPOSITE. Or if the other person doesn't already know what "hay fever" means then you could sign:  GROW GROW NOSE-OPPOSITE (include facial expression).
For "food allergy" you generally sign:  "I CAN'T EAT (name of food), OPPOSITE ME."
For "skin allergy" you grab a pinch of skin on the back of your non-dominant hand then sign "OPPOSITE."  Or you sign "(name of substance) I ITCH!"  For example, "PERFUME? I ITCH!"  (Which basically means "perfume makes me itch"). Or you can show the specific skin reaction:  RED "bumps", or SWELLING, or RED-"surface area"
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